The editor-in-chief selects the editor for each manuscript and authors should not request a specific editor. However, authors are encouraged to suggest up to three associate editors and five reviewers they consider most appropriate for their manuscript (for new submissions only).
In Step 5 of the submission process, you may enter up to five reviewers appropriate for your manuscript (for new submissions only) as well as reviewers who you believe should not review this submission. Provide brief explanations as well as full names, institutional affiliations, and email addresses (and be sure to choose the appropriate designation, i.e., preferred or opposed).
In Step 6 of the submission process, please make suggestions for associate editors in your confidential cover letter to the editor. Provide brief explanations as well as full names, institutional affiliations, and email addresses.
We may not invite these people to serve on the review team (depending on availability and other factors), but it is useful to see which associate editors and reviewers the authors believe would be most knowledgeable about their manuscripts, both in terms of substance and methods used.
Do not suggest people who have already seen the manuscript, nor anyone with whom you might have a conflict of interest.
Conflicts of Interest
Authors should mention all possible conflicts of interest in their cover letter to the editor.
A conflict of interest (COI) is any relationship that might bias or give the appearance of bias in reviewer assessments or editorial decisions, e.g., current or recent former colleagues, co-authors on other work, advisers, students, close friends or relations, or anyone who has seen or provided comments on earlier drafts of the manuscript.
See our Conflict of Interest Policy.