Our Food Should Be Our Medicine
The Editor-in-Chief (EiC) should send reviewers’ comments to authors in their totality unless they contain offensive or calumniatory remarks.
The Editor-in-Chief (EiC) should seek to acknowledge the contribution of reviewers to the journal.
The Editor-in-Chief (EiC) has to act if they believe misconduct or if an allegation of misconduct is brought to them. This duty extends to each published and unpublished papers.
The Editor-in-Chief (EiC) should not simply reject papers that raise issues concerning possible misconduct. The Editor-in-Chief (EiC) should first look for a response from those suspected of misconduct. If they are not satisfied with the response, they should ask the relevant employers or institution, or some appropriate body (perhaps a regulatory body or national research integrity organization) to investigate.
The Editor-in-Chief (EiC) should build all reasonable efforts to confirm that a proper investigation into alleged misconduct is conducted; if this does not happen, editors should make all reasonable attempts to persist in obtaining a resolution to the problem.
The Editor-in-Chief (EiC) should encourage and be willing to consider cogent criticisms of work published in their journal.
Authors of criticized material should be given the chance to reply and studies reporting negative results should not be excluded.
The Editor-in-Chief (EiC) should respond promptly.