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Publishing ethics

This journal publishes in accordance with Cambridge University Press’s publishing ethics guidelines, which apply to authors, peer reviewers, the editorial office and the journal as a whole. Anyone who believes that these guidelines have not been followed should raise their concern with the editor or email The journal will not normally investigate complaints or allegations relating to papers published more than 15 years previously.

Appeals process

The Journal of Fluid Mechanics has an appeal procedure which provides authors with the opportunity to respond to the editorial decision on their manuscript, should they think that their manuscript was treated in an unfair manner during the peer-review-process. Authors have the right to appeal to the Editor or Editor-in-Chief against any decision taken on their manuscript at any stage; an appeal will be considered at the discretion of the Editorial Board of the Journal. 

How do I appeal?

Step 1: Requests to have the decision on a submission re-considered should be made in the first instance to the Associate Editor who handled the submission and made the decision. Send a rebuttal letter to the Associate Editor, explaining clearly why you disagree with the decision on your manuscript and including a detailed response to any points of contention in the referees reports. The Associate Editor will consider your appeal and either invite you to submit a revised paper or confirm the original decision.

Step 2: In case you remain unsatisfied with the Associate Editors response after Step 1 or at any stage should you consider that your submission was treated unfairly, you should send a letter of appeal to the Editor-in-Chief via the Journal email ( Your letter should explain clearly the grounds for your appeal.

Step 3: The Editor-in-Chief will consider the grounds of your appeal and if he considers there to be a prima facie case to consider may assign one of the Deputy Editors to consider the appeal in detail. All appeal requests are handled on a case by case basis and the Deputy Editor’s or Editor-in-Chief’s decision is final. Appeals are normally considered on the basis of whether or not the process of review was conducted appropriately.