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Confidentiality During Editorial Evaluation and Peer Review and After Publication 

Ethical and Legal Considerations

Annette Flanagin

Strict confidentiality regarding the review and evaluation of submitted manuscripts and all relevant correspondence and other forms of communication is essential to the integrity of the editorial process (see , Editorial Assessment and Processing, Editorial Assessment). Authors must feel free to submit manuscripts that contain their unique ideas and information that may affect their reputations or careers or that may be proprietary. Thus, editors and reviewers have an ethical duty to keep information about a manuscript confidential, and authors have a right to expect that confidentiality will be maintained. Policies supporting the confidential nature of the peer review and editorial

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