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Open Access Policy

All articles published in the journals provide worldwide, barrier-free access to the full-text of articles, immediately on publication under a creative commons license. All articles are rigorously peer-reviewed retaining the quality hallmarks of the academic publishing process that authors would experience in publishing in any traditional Asteroid Publishers.

Asteroid Publishers requires authors to declare all competing interests in relation to their work. All submitted manuscripts must include a competing interests section at the end of the manuscript listing. Most of the editors may ask for further information relating to. Editors and reviewers are also required to declare any competing interests and will be excluded from the peer review process if included.

Peer Review Policy

All research articles, and most other article types, published in Asteroid Publishers undergo thorough peer review. This usually involves review by two independent peer reviewers. Individual journals may differ in their peer review processes for example, some journals operate an open and others a closed peer review system.

All submissions to Asteroid Publishers are assessed by an Editor, who will decide whether they are suitable for peer review. Where an Editor is on the author list or has any other competing interest regarding a specific manuscript, another member of the Editorial Board will be assigned to assume responsibility for overseeing peer review. Submissions felt to be suitable for consideration will be sent for peer review by appropriate independent experts identified by the Handling Editor. Editors will make a decision based on the reviewers reports and authors are sent these reports along with the editorial decision on their manuscript. Authors should note that even in light of one positive report, concerns raised by another reviewer may fundamentally undermine the study and result in the manuscript being rejected.

Peer reviewers

Authors may suggest potential reviewers if they wish; however, whether or not to consider these reviewers is at the Editor's discretion. Authors should not suggest recent collaborators or colleagues who work in the same institution as themselves. Authors may request exclusion of individuals as peer reviewers, but they should explain the reasons in their cover letter on submission. Please note that the Editor may choose to invite excluded peer reviewers.

Open peer review

For journals operating an open peer review process, the reviewer’s names are included on the peer review reports. In addition, if the manuscript is published, the named reports are published online alongside the article. Authors will be aware of the reviewer's names during the peer review process and vice versa. Any correspondence between the authors and the reviewers during or after the review process should be made through the journal Editors.

Closed peer review

Most journals operate a closed peer review process. Reviewers will be treated anonymously and the pre-publication history of each article will not be made available online.