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How IOP selects journal reviewers

Research papers submitted for publication in IOP journals are most commonly sent to two independent reviewers. Reviewers are selected from our reviewer database and we try to find the best combination of scientific expertise and reviewing experience for each paper. It’s really important for reviewers to keep their research interests up to date on ScholarOne, so we only send them papers that are in the right subject areas.

Authors are welcome to suggest reviewers for their paper if they wish but this is not required, and we are not obliged to use author suggested reviewers. In the interests of impartiality, if an author-suggested reviewer is used then we will complement this with a review from a second referee chosen by the journal from the general reviwer pool.

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