Code of conduct


Recommenders and reviewers for Peer Community in Ecology (PCI Ecology) must agree to comply with the following rules:

  1. Recommenders for PCI Ecology and reviewers should have no financial conflict of interest relating to the articles they evaluate.

  2. Recommenders for PCI Ecology and reviewers should have as little non-financial conflict of interest as possible relating to the articles they evaluate, although a complete absence of conflict of interest may be difficult to achieve due to the scientific interest in the subject required. For instance, recommenders for PCI Ecology and reviewers should not evaluate articles written by close colleagues and coworkers (people with whom they have published in the last four years, with whom they have received joint funding in the last four years, or with whom they are currently writing a manuscript, or submitting a grant proposal), or written by family members, friends, or anyone for whom bias might affect the nature of their recommendation.

  3. Reviews, recommendations, comments and messages should always be respectful to the authors.

  4. Reviews and recommendations should be of high quality. Reviews should be sufficiently deep and detailed for the PCI Ecology recommender handling the recommendation process to gain a full appreciation of the qualities, defects and limitations of the article. Texts (reviews, recommendations, comments, messages to authors) will be returned to PCI Ecology recommenders and reviewers if they do not respect these rules.

  5. Recommenders for PCI Ecology and reviewers must ensure that the data for recommended preprints are available to readers, through deposition in an open data repository, such as Zenodo, Dryad or institutional repositories, for example. Deposited data must have a digital object identifier (DOI). Recommenders and reviewers must also check that details of the quantitative analyses (e.g. data treatment and statistical scripts in R, bioinformatic pipelines scripts, etc.) in the recommended preprints are available to the readers, as appendices or supplementary online materials (in this case, the supplementary material must have a digital object identifier (DOI)), for example.

The Managing Board of PCI Ecology has the right to exclude recommenders from PCI Ecology if they do not respect these rules.