Authors’ manuscripts are the private
property of the authors and must be handled in a confidential manner. The
editors and editorial staff of the journal are under obligation not to disclose
any information related to the manuscript to anyone other than the authors and
reviewers. This includes whether the manuscript has been received, its status
in the review process, its contents, reviewers’ comments, or editorial
decisions regarding its publication or revision.
In addition, the editors and
editorial staff must caution reviewers of the confidential nature of the
manuscript and any documents related to it. Reviewers cannot appropriate ideas
from the manuscript before it is published, nor retain the manuscript for
personal use; they must destroy or delete all copies after submission of their
Editors must obtain written
permission from the reviewer and authors prior to publishing or publicizing
reviewer’s comments. Editors must obtain written permission from the reviewer
before revealing the identity of the reviewer to the author.
If a manuscript is rejected for
publication, all copies of the manuscript should be destroyed or deleted by the
editor or editorial staff. If the paper is published, all related documents
should be kept in the editorial office for at least 3 years.