EDITOR RESPONSIBILITIES TOWARD AUTHORS:
- Providing guidelines to authors for preparing and submitting manuscripts
- Providing a clear statement of the Journal's policies on authorship criteria
- Treating all authors with fairness, courtesy, objectivity, honesty, and transparency
- Establishing and defining policies on conflicts of interest for all involved in the publication process, including editors, staff (e.g., editorial and sales), authors, and reviewers
- Protecting the confidentiality of every author's work
- Establishing a system for effective and rapid peer review
- Making editorial decisions with reasonable speed and communicating them in a clear and constructive manner
- Establishing clear guidelines for authors regarding acceptable practices for sharing experimental materials and information, particularly those required to replicate the research, before and after publication
- Describing, implementing, and regularly reviewing policies for handling ethical issues and allegations or findings of misconduct by authors and anyone involved in the peer review process
- Informing authors of solicited manuscripts that the submission will be evaluated according to the journal standard procedures or outlining the decision-making process if it differs from those procedures
- Clearly communicating all other editorial policies and standards
EDITORIAL POLICIES AND STANDARDS THAT EDITORS MAY REQUIRE OF SUBMITTING AUTHORS:
- State all sources of funding for research and include this information in the acknowledgment section of the submitted manuscript.
- State in the manuscript, if appropriate, that the research protocol employed was approved by the relevant institutional review boards or ethics committees.
- List contributors who meet the journal's criteria for authorship as authors and identify other support (e.g., statistical analysis or writers), with the contributor's approval, in the acknowledgment section. The statement of author contribution for each article should be submitted. In addition, original research (sometimes called a guarantor policy) that at least one author who had full access to all the data takes responsibility for its integrity and the accuracy of the data analysis.
- Describe and provide copies of any similar works in process.
- Provide copies of cited manuscripts that are submitted or in press.
- Cite and reference other relevant published work on which the submitted work is based.
- Provide written permission from any potentially identifiable individuals referred to or shown in photographs in the manuscript.
EDITOR RESPONSIBILITIES TOWARD REVIEWERS:
- Assigning papers for review appropriate to each reviewer's area of interest and expertise Editor make sure the double blind review policy.
- Establishing a process for reviewers to ensure that they treat the manuscript as a confidential document and complete the review promptly
- Informing reviewers that they are not allowed to make any use of the work described in the manuscript or to take advantage of the knowledge they gained by reviewing it before publication
- Providing reviewers with written, explicit instructions on the journal's expectations for the scope, content, quality, and timeliness of their reviews to promote thoughtful, fair, constructive, and informative critique of the submitted work
- Requesting that reviewers identify any potential conflicts of interest and asking that they recuse themselves if they cannot provide an unbiased review
- Allowing reviewers appropriate time to complete their reviews
- Requesting reviews at a reasonable frequency that does not overtax any one reviewer
- Finding ways to recognize the contributions of reviewers, for example, by publicly thanking them in the journal; providing letters that might be used in applications for academic promotion; offering professional education credits; or inviting them to serve on the editorial board of the journal