Peer review is the basis of a scientific journal. The editor cannot publish the author’s research without its evaluation by a subject matter expert. The relationship between editor, reviewer and author is based on trust, so it is important that all participants behave responsibly and ethically. The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) has developed a guide for reviewers to evaluate and review a scientific article.
Main ethical grounds for reviewers:
Review only those manuscripts that can be appreciated.
As researchers, you yourself need conscientious peer reviews, so do your peer review in good faith. We encourage all professionals to read the full text of the document and use the guidelines when reviewing articles for scientific journals. If you have ethical doubts about a peer-reviewed article (duplicate publication, plagiarism of an idea or text, unreliable results), be sure to tell the editor who sent you the review request.