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Unit of A D Research Organization

Publisher Responsibility

Publishers should:


• Define the relationship between publisher, editor and other parties in a contract


• Respect privacy (for example, for research participants, for authors, for peer reviewers)


• Protect intellectual property and copyright


• Foster editorial independence


Publishers should work with journal editors to:


• Set journal policies appropriately and aim to meet those policies, particularly with respect to:


 – Editorial independence

– Research ethics, including confidentiality, consent, and the special requirements for   human and animal research


– Authorship

– Transparency and integrity (for example, conflicts of interest, research funding, reporting standards

            – Peer review and the role of the editorial team beyond that of the journal editor


– Appeals and complaints


• Communicate journal policies (for example, to authors, readers, peer reviewers)


• Review journal policies periodically, particularly with respect to new recommendations from the COPE


 • Code of Conduct for Editors and the COPE Best Practice Guidelines


• Maintain the integrity of the academic record


• Assist the parties (for example, institutions, grant funders, governing bodies) responsible for the investigation of suspected research and publication misconduct and, where possible, facilitate in the resolution of these cases


• Publish corrections, clarifications, and retractions


• Publish content on a timely basis

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