Code of Conduct for Editors
All the editors of APP agree to follow the Editors Code of Conduct. Adhering to these will ensure that you are working to the highest standard of editorial practice.
- Editors actively seek the views of authors, readers, reviewers and editorial board members about ways of improving journal’s process.
- They provide journal with appropriate resources, guidance from experts and adequate training to perform our role in a professional manner and raise the quality of journal.
- Support initiatives designed to reduce academic misconduct.
- Support initiatives to educate researchers about publication ethics.
- Assess the effects of journal policies on authors, reviewer to revise policies for improved processes, accuracy, completeness and clarity of research reporting.
- Guide the editorial team (where necessary) in handling the individual cases of suspected misconduct.
- Provide clear advice to reviewers (which should be straightforward and regularly updated).
- Require reviewers to disclose any potential competing interests before agreeing to review a submission.
- Encourage reviewers to comment on ethical questions and possible research misconduct raised by submissions, (e.g. unethical research design, insufficient detail on patient consent or protection of research subjects, including animals).
- encourage reviewers to ensure the originality of submissions and be alert to redundant publication and plagiarism.
- use a wide range of sources (not just personal contacts) to identify potential new reviewers (e.g. author suggestions, bibliographic databases).
- Follow the COPE/ICMJE guidelines in cases of suspected reviewer misconduct expected functions and duties include: acting as ambassadors for the journal, supporting and promoting the journal, seeking out the best authors and best work (e.g. from meeting abstracts) and actively encouraging submissions, reviewing submissions to the journal, accepting commissions to write editorials, reviews and commentaries on papers in their specialist area, attending and contributing to editorial board meetings.
- Editors must consult editorial board members regularly (at least once a year) to gauge their opinions about the running of the journal, inform them of any changes to journal policies, and identify future challenges.
- Keep abreast of the latest guidelines, recommendations and evidence about peer review and journal management.
- Must protect policies on publishing individual data (e.g. identifiable patient details or images).
- Must follow the timelines and announcements regarding the journal.