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The ISPOR Board of Directors endorses the following Statement of the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), May 2001

The Relationship Between Journal Editors-in-Chief and Owners Statement of the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), March 2000

Editors-in-chief and the owners of their journals both want the journals to succeed but they have different roles. The primary responsibilities of editors-in-chief are to inform and educate readers, with attention to the accuracy and importance of journal articles, and to protect and strengthen the integrity and quality of the journal, including its staff, budget, and business policies. The relationship between owners and editors-in-chief should be based on mutual respect and trust, and recognition of each other’s authority and responsibilities, because conflicts can damage the intellectual integrity and reputation of the journal and its financial success. The following are guidelines for protecting the responsibility and authority of editors-in-chief and owners:

The conditions of employment for editors-in-chief, including authority, responsibilities, term of appointment, and mechanisms for resolving conflict, should be explicitly stated and approved by both editor and owners before the editor is appointed.

Editors-in-chief should have full authority over the editorial content of the journal, generally referred to as “editorial independence.” Owners should not interfere in the evaluation, selection and editing of individual articles, either directly or by creating an environment in which editorial decisions is strongly influenced.

Editorial decisions should be based mainly on the validity of the work and its importance to readers, not the commercial success of the journal. Editors should be free to express critical but responsible views of all aspects of medicine without fear of retribution, even if these views might conflict with the commercial goals of the publisher. To maintain this position, editors should seek input from a broad array of advisors such as reviewers, editorial staff, an editorial board, and readers.

Editors-in-chief should establish procedures that guard against the influence of commercial and personal self-interest on editorial decisions.

Owners have the right to hire and fire editors-in-chief but they should dismiss them only for substantial reasons such as a pattern of bad editorial decisions, disagreement with the long-term editorial direction of the journal, or personal behavior (such as criminal acts) that are incompatible with a position of trust.

Editors-in-chief should report to the highest governing body of the owning organization, not its administrative officers. Major decisions regarding the editor’s employment should be made by this body with open discussion and time to hear from all interested parties. Some owners have found it useful to appoint an independent board to advise them on major decisions regarding their editor
and journal.

Editors should resist any actions that might compromise these principles in their journals, even if it places their own position at stake. If major transgressions do occur, editors should participate in drawing them to the attention of the international medical
community.
 

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