Contributions submitted to AIMS journals are usually sent to two or more, independent referees. Authors are welcome to suggest suitable referees, which AIMS may consider. The referees' reports constitute recommendations to the Editors (Editor-in-Chief or Associate Editors), who will be responsible for accepting or rejecting submissions.
The criteria for selection are:
Referees may ask to see supporting data not submitted for publication, or a previous paper submitted but not yet published.
When agreeing to referee a article, all referees undertake to keep the paper confidential and not to redistribute it without permission from AIMS. If the advice of colleagues is sought, referees must inform the issue editor and ensure that confidentiality is maintained.
Conflicts of Interest
Where referees have a conflict of interest (e.g. competing commercial interest or a personal association that could bias judgment) this should be declared upon invitation to referee.
Speed of Refereeing
AIMS endeavors to keep time from submission to publication as short as possible. Therefore, we ask referees to report back within 2 months of receiving the manuscript. If referees are unable to report, it is requested that the issue editor is informed as soon as possible so that the assessment process is not delayed. Where referees find they are unable to review the assigned manuscript, the editor welcomes suggestions of alternative referees competent to review it.