WOLTERS KLUWER PUBLISHING ETHICS AND PEER-TO-PEER REVIEW
Wolters Kluwer expects the highest ethical standards from their authors, reviewers, and editors when conducting research, submitting papers, and throughout the peer-review process.
Wolters Kluwer is committed to:
Fostering the editorial independence of journal editors
Working with and supporting editors to set policies and run their journals ethically and transparently
Maintaining an accurate and transparent academic record, including publishing corrections and retractions when necessary
Provide guidelines to authors for the preparation and submission of manuscripts
Establish a system for effective and rapid peer review
Make editorial decisions with reasonable speed and communicate them clearly
Establish policies for the handling of incidences of academic misconduct or systemic error that necessitate a correction of the scientific record
Communicate clearly all other editorial policies and standards
Maintain the confidentiality of the review process
Provide unbiased feedback in a timely manner, addressing the appropriate aspects of the work
Ensure that the submitted work is original and has not been previously published or submitted elsewhere
Cite source materials clearly and obtain appropriate permissions
Confirm that the work does not infringe on any rights of others, including privacy rights and intellectual property rights
Report any conflicts of interest accurately
Communicate to the Editor any material errors immediately upon discovery
Represent authorship of the paper accurately and ensure that all individuals credited as authors participated in the actual authorship of the work and that all who participated are credited and have given consent for publication
Here are the steps in the peer-review process:
- An author writes an article to disseminate research or professional practice.
- The author submits the article to a journal for publication.
- Withholding the author’s name, the journal editor sends the article to one or more peer reviewers for feedback.
- The peer reviewers independently read and evaluate the article and recommend whether it should be published. To ensure objectivity, reviewers don’t know who else is reviewing the article.
- The journal editors also review the article and, based on their own judgment, knowledge of their readers’ needs, and the recommendations of the peer reviewers, decide whether to publish it.4
Not everything published in a peer-reviewed journal necessarily undergoes the peer-review process. For example, news items, editorials, letters, and book reviews may not be peer-reviewed.