Complaints and Appeals

We welcome genuine appeals and complaints to editor decisions of the submitted article. However, you will need to provide strong evidence or new data/information in response to the editor’s and reviewers’ comments. If you wish to appeal and complaint a journal editor’s decision, please submit an appeal letter to the journal’s online editorial office. Please address this to the editor and explain clearly the basis for an appeal and complaint. You should:

  1. Detail because you disagree with the decision. Please provide specific responses to any of the editor’s and/or reviewers’ comments that contributed to the reject decision.
  2. Provide any new information or data that you would like the journal to take into consideration.
  3. Provide evidence if you believe a reviewer has made technical errors in their assessment of your manuscript.
  4. Include evidence if you believe a reviewer may have a conflict of interest.

After receiving the appeal, editors may involve any associate editors who handled the peer review of the original submission and/or JEBV, depending on the nature of the appeal. Editors may confirm their decision to reject the manuscript, invite a revised manuscript, or seek additional peer- or statistical review of the original manuscript.

Editors will consider one appeal per article and all decisions on appeals are final. The timely review and decision-making process for new submissions will take precedence over appeals.