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Disclosure of Editorial Practices, Procedures, and Policies 

Ethical and Legal Considerations

Annette Flanagin

Underlying the ethics of editorial responsibility is the need for disclosure of editorial procedures and policies to authors, reviewers, and readers. Typically, these are listed, and explained as necessary, in the publication’s instructions for authors, which should be published and readily available on the journal’s website (if published online). Items that should be considered for inclusion in a biomedical journal’s instructions for authors are listed in Box . When an important editorial policy is first created or undergoes a major revision, it should be announced to prospective authors, reviewers, and readers. The easiest way to accomplish this is to publish

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