Since the review process is very important, SIM journals operate blind peer review under strict peer review ethics. For more information, please see the following:
COPE guidelines on peer review ethics
COPE guidelines on what to do if you suspect a reviewer has appropriated an author's ideas or data
Conflict of interest
Reviewers should declare to the MICROBIOLOGY AND NATURE editor in chief any conflict of interst with the authors before accepting to critically assess a paper for publication in Microbiology and Nature. As such they should recuse themselves from the peer review process in situation of conflict of interest.
The reviewer is very important in that he/she received all the submitted material from the editor in chief to critically review a paper. This material must not be disclosed to others.