Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal. You can read more about the peer-review process here.
Immunity & Ageing operates using a single-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers are aware of the names and affiliations of the authors, but the reviewer reports provided to authors are anonymous.The benefit of single-blind peer review is that it is the traditional model of peer review that many reviewers are comfortable with, and it facilitates a dispassionate critique of a manuscript.
Edited by Graham Pawelec and Nan-ping Weng, Immunity & Ageing is supported by an expert Editorial Board. Manuscripts submitted to Immunity & Ageing will be assigned to the appropriate Editor. The Editor will oversee peer review of the manuscript by inviting at least two external referees, who will be asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is scientifically sound and coherent, whether it duplicates already published work, and whether or not the manuscript is sufficiently clear for publication.
Based on the referees' comments the Editor will then advise the Editor-in-Chiefs on a final decision on the manuscript.