5. Responsibilities of publisher
- The publisher shall: define the relationship between the publisher, editors, and other parties; respect the privacy (of authors, peer reviewers, and other parties); protect intellectual property and copyright; foster editorial independence;
- The publisher shall work with editors to set publication policies appropriately and aim to follow those policies, particularly with respect to: editorial independence; research ethics (including confidentiality, consent, and special requirements for research in social sciences); authorship; transparency and integrity (conflicts of interest, research funding, reporting standards); peer review (for further information concerning responsibilities in relation to the peer review process); appeals and complaints;
- The publisher shall work with editors also to: communicate publication policies; review publication policies periodically; maintain the integrity of academic record; publish corrections, clarifications, and retractions; publish content on timely basis.