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Can Topic editors submit to their Research Topics?

We, of course, welcome contributions from Topic Editors. Please note, to avoid any potential or perceived conflict of interest, and to maintain firm perception of a Research Topic as an inclusive, objective and globally balanced research collection, Topic Editors should not:

 edit their fellow co-Topic Editors’ manuscript submissions. In these instances, an Associate Editor from the Editorial Board will be assigned to handle the manuscript. You can select your preferred Associate Editor during the submission process. Please contact the Journal team for special cases, for example niche fields of research.
 appear as authors/co-authors on more than 30% of the total manuscripts published in the Research Topic. If you foresee that your Topic may be an exceptional case on this point, please contact your Journal Development Team directly to discuss, as to exceed this threshold will require prior approval with the Specialty Chief Editor.

Note for exception: Topic Editors may evaluate each other’s abstracts (if any), as these are only for record-keeping purposes.