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Final acceptance typically requires consensus between the Associate Editor and the reviewers who have not withdrawn.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. 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.