Obligations of Editors

  • An editor should give unbiased consideration to all manuscripts offered for publication, judging each on its own merits without regard to the author’s race, gender, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy.  All authors should be treated with fairness, courtesy, objectivity, and honesty.
  • An editor must protect the confidentiality of all reviewers unless the reviewer reveals their identity to the author.
  • An editor should respect the intellectual independence of authors.
  • An editor should process manuscripts promptly.
  • The editor has complete responsibility and authority to accept a submitted paper for publication or to reject it. The editor may confer informally with associate editors or reviewers for an evaluation of the work to use in making this decision.
  • The editor and the editorial staff should not disclose any information about a manuscript under consideration to anyone other than reviewers and potential reviewers. Reviews and reviewer identity can be shared with other Editors of USP journals if the author consents to having the paper transferred. It is contrary to USP publications policy for editors to release reviews or reviewers’ identity to editors of non-USP journals.
  • Editorial responsibility and authority for any manuscript authored (or coauthored) by an editor and submitted to the editor’s journal should be delegated to some other qualified person, such as another editor of that journal. Editors should avoid situations of real or perceived conflicts of interest. If an editor chooses to participate in an ongoing scientific debate within his journal, the editor should arrange for some other qualified person to take editorial responsibility.
  • Editors should avoid situations of real or perceived conflicts of interest. Such conflicts include, but are not limited to, handling papers from present and former students, from colleagues with whom the editor has a close professional relationship, and from those in the same institution. Any financial arrangement with sponsors that could lead to the appearance of an editorial conflict of interest should be disclosed to the Publications Commissioner.
  • Unpublished information, arguments, or interpretations disclosed in a submitted manuscript should not be used in an editor’s own research except with the consent of the author or after the work has been published.
  • If an editor is presented with convincing evidence that the main substance or conclusions of a paper published in an editor’s journal are erroneous, the editor should facilitate publication of an appropriate paper pointing out the error and, if possible, correcting it.