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Confidentiality in Selecting Editors and Editorial Board Members 

Ethical and Legal Considerations

Annette Flanagin

Confidentiality in Selecting Editors and Editorial Board Members

When editors or editorial board members are interviewed and evaluated for a prospective position with a journal, all participants in the selection process should be reminded that all discussions should remain confidential. In some cases, a signed statement of confidentiality may be requested of members of search/interview committees. Without assurance of such confidentiality, professional reputations and the journal’s relationship with influential academic and political leaders may be jeopardized23 (see 5.11.10, Editorial Responsibilities, Roles, Procedures, and Policies, Role of the Editorial Board).

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