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Ethical and Legal Considerations

Annette Flanagin

Confidentiality promises are widely recognized as an ethical obligation, regardless of the legal duty accompanying them… maintenance of con- fidentiality promises fall within editorial discretion.    Jeffrey A. Richards The author-editor relationship is an alliance founded on the ethical rule of confidentiality. Confidentiality occurs when a person discloses information to another with the understanding that the information will not be divulged to others without permission. In the context of scientific publication, this rule provides primarily for authors' rights to have the information they submit to a journal, whether in manuscript form or in communications to the editorial office, kept confidential and a concomitant

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