Submission by Executive Editor
New submissions by the Executive Editor are not permitted.
Submission by author at same institution as one of the Editors
A paper submitted by an author who is at the same institution as one of the Editors at the time of initial submission will be handled by an Editor who is not at that institution. The Editor who is at the same institution will have no involvement in selecting referees or making any decisions on the paper. Notwithstanding this restriction the Executive Editor retains final decision authority regarding publishing any paper in the RFS.
An Editor may not handle any paper submitted by a family member.
If any of the Editors feel that there is likely to be a perception of a conflict of interest in relation to their handling of a submission, they will inform the Executive Editor.
Potential conflict of interest for referees
The invitation letter to referees will include the following wording: "If you feel there is any potential conflict of interest in your refereeing this paper because of your relationship with the author (e.g. in terms of close friendship or conflict/rivalry) or for any other reason, please declare it. By accepting this invitation, it is assumed there is no potential conflict of interest." Standard policy will be not to use a referee if a conflict of interest has been declared, but the Editor may use his/her discretion [after consulting with the Executive Editor].
Sources of funding
On acceptance, authors will be asked to provide a statement declaring all sources of outside funding relating to their paper, and the statement will be printed on the title page or at the end of their paper.