As for this case, the article wasn't peer reviewed, which is against the rules. Whether it's ID, evolution, or fairy dust, the article HAS to be peer reviewed.
Sternberg said it was sent to three reviewers, who are still anonymous. There's no reason to believe he didn't. Many suspect that the reviewers were chosen specifically to accept the article without real review, or that there was not even a nominal review, but there's no extant evidence for those suspicions.
There definitely was (and is) a rule that all articles are to be reviewed by two editors, and Sternberg definitely broke that rule. The journal's press release said:
quote:The Council, which includes officers, elected councilors, and past presidents, and the associate editors would have deemed the paper inappropriate for the pages of the Proceedings because the subject matter represents such a significant departure from the nearly purely systematic content for which this journal has been known throughout its 122-year history.