General duties and responsibilities of editors
1. Editors are accountable for everything published in their journals. This means the editors:
1.1. strive to meet the needs of readers and authors;
1.2. strive to constantly improve their journal;
1.3. have processes in place to assure the quality of the material they publish;
1.4. champion freedom of expression;
1.5. maintain the integrity of the academic record;
1.6. preclude business needs from compromising intellectual and ethical standards;
1.7. are always willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.
Editors’ decisions to accept or reject a paper for publication are based on the paper’s importance, originality and clarity, and the study’s validity and its relevance to the remit of the journal.
Editors should not reverse decisions to accept submissions unless serious problems are identified with the submission.
A description of peer review processes is available, and editors are ready to justify any important deviation from the described processes.
Editors provide guidance to authors on everything that is expected of them.
Editors should provide guidance about criteria for authorship and/or who should be listed as a contributor following the standards within the relevant field.
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