Research Integrity

Rigorous Peer Review

The journal ensures that all research output,is thoroughly peer review by external reviewers. Publications of a commentary or opinion nature may not be sent for external peer review but will include extensive editorial review and revisions. The journal adheres to the COPE guidelines for best practice.


Open Licenses

The journal released articles under open licenses from Creative Commons. We believe that only CC BY meets the requirements for true open access.


Research Data

The journal encourages authors to make the research objects associated with their publications openly available. This includes research data, software, bioresources and methodologies. This means that peer reviewers are able to better assess the foundations of claims made, and the research community and wider public are able to similarly validate authors’ work, and are more easily able to extend and build upon it.



The journal content is indexed with CrossRef and assigned a Digital Object Identifier (DOI). This means that all of our references are made available so that citations can be tracked by the publishing community, and the content is added to the Cross-Check anti-plagiarism database.

All of our article metadata is openly available for harvesting by indexing services via OAI-PMH and the journals are registered with Open Archives.



As members of CLOCKSS (Controlled Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) our content is regularly archived with many of the world's leading research libraries. The CLOCKSS archive ensures that content will always be made available as open access, in any eventuality.

We fully support and encourage author self-archiving of all content (sometimes termed 'green' open access).