Statement of Ethics for LIS Editors Section 3

A Statement of Ethics for Editors of Library and Information Science Journals

July 2009
Revised September 2010

Section 3: Expectations of Referees in Executing Their Review Functions

Most scholarly journals use peer review to ensure that the articles accepted for publication meet the journal's accepted standards for quality and to prevent the dissemination of unwarranted claims, irrelevant findings, unacceptable interpretations, and personal views. A peer review process may be open (in which the referees and the authors are identified to each other) or conducted in strictest confidentiality. This latter process may be a blind review, in which either the author or referees are unknown to each other, or double-blind review, in which neither party is known to the other. The referee's responsibility is to provide advice on how to improve a manuscript and to help the editor judge and justify the acceptance or rejection of the paper.

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