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    Better for the publication to define the “standards” to which code is to be held, so that the code review can be more than someone’s opinion of the style/formatting, etc.

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      I think that both are important. While the actual quality is more important, I think a publication would want the code it publishes to follow certain style guidelines like most other content.

      Also, considering that a good deal of languages have some defined style guide hidden somewhere in their documentation[1], it shouldn’t be difficult to just say “use the language’s conventions”.

      1: see: Java, Go (hell, Go’s got a tool for making sure your code is formatted correctly), Python.