Code of ethical conduct

Recommenders and reviewers of Peer Community in Evolutionary Biology (PCI Evol Biol) must agree to comply with the following rules:

  1. Recommenders of PCI Evol Biol and reviewers should be free from financial conflicts of interest relating to the articles they evaluate.

  2. Recommenders of PCI Evol Biol and reviewers should be as free as possible from non-financial conflict of interests relating to the articles they evaluate, although this may appear difficult due to the necessary scientific interest. For instance, recommenders of PCI Evol Biol and reviewers should not evaluate articles written by close colleagues (with whom they have published recently), family members or friends.

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

  4. Reviewers and recommenders should write high-quality reviews and recommendations, respectively. Reviews should be deep and detailed enough to allow the recommender of PCI Evol Biol handling the recommendation process to understand fully the qualities, defects and caveats of the article. Texts (reviews, recommendations, comments, messages to authors) will be returned to reviewers and recommenders of PCI Evol Biol if they do not respect these rules.

  5. Recommenders of PCI Evol Biol and reviewers must ensure that the data for recommended preprints are available to the 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). They must also verify 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 Evol Biol has the right to exclude recommenders from PCI Evol Biol if they do not respect these rules.