The Associate Editor (AE) handling a manuscript can decide to accept the manuscript provided it is:
- VALID as defined in the peer review guidelines under acceptance criteria;
- Has the minimum number of independent reviewers assigned for the article type;
- Is endorsed by a majority of the assigned, non-withdrawn reviewers.
Acceptance of a manuscript can be decided by the handling Editor and does not require the approval of the Specialty Chief Editor (SCE).
If the minimum required number of reviewers to endorse the manuscript is not met (usually two, and must be a majority), then the handling Editor must recommend to the Specialty Chief Editor that the manuscript be rejected for publication. The final rejection decision is usually made by the Specialty Chief Editor, but can also be made by the Frontiers Research Integrity Team based on the rejection criteria defined in the peer review guidelines.
See full Review Guidelines for more information.