Freedom

Meeting all the obligations – which sometimes compete with one another – and handling the demands of other individuals and groups (such as the parent society, owners, publishers, funders and sponsors, authors, readers, advertisers, news media, and government agencies) require that the editor have editorial freedom, comprising both authority and autonomy. […]

To establish and maintain high-quality journal content, an editor should, prior to accepting a position, receive an explicit, written statement from the journal’s owner that defines the editor’s responsibilities and autonomy.

[Council of Science Editors, White Paper on Promoting Integrity in Scientific Journal Publications]

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