B – Editorial independence and ethics

Etemadi A, Golozar A, Malekzadeh R. Editorial independence and ethics of research publication. Archives of Iranian Medicine 2010;13(6):465-468

Though the process of publication involves many individuals such as editorial advisors, peer reviewers, technical staff etc., the integrity and credibility of a journal are ultimately in the hands of the editor. Editors’ independence is then vital to good publication practice. Not only journal owners may press them for acceptance or rejection of a manuscript but also scientists themselves try to influence editors and politics often finds ways to control journal editorial decisions. It is nercessary to provide equal publication opportunity for high quality research regardless of political, economical, and personal concerns.