Who makes the final decision to accept or reject a paper at Frontiers?

Final acceptance typically requires consensus between the Associate Editor and the reviewers who have not withdrawn. Frontiers also strongly recommends such convergence of opinions for rejections. The Specialty Chief Editor must approve all rejections, and a “Final Validation” stage of the review process was introduced in 2015 which alerts the Chief Editor each time a manuscript is accepted for publication. This allows the Chief Editor to cast a final glance at the accepted manuscript, and the editorial office to conduct a number of final technical verification, prior to it proceeding to article production.