About the AADE
Dental Editors' Code
Adopted by the American Association of Dental Editors & Journalists
Kansas City, Missouri
Also adopted by the International College of Dentists and
the American College of Dentists.
A. The first responsibility of the editor is to the readers
1. The primary criterion for selecting content, format, and timing of publication
should be to enable readers to better function in their roles.
2. Active steps should be taken to ensure that content is from reputable sources,
factually accurate, balanced and unbiased.
3. Label opinion as such, disclose potential conflicts and identify sources.
4. Publish the mission of the journal and relevant disclaimers.
5. Make the publication as readable as possible through a style that is standardized
for the publication and careful edit for grammar and clarity.
6. Correct errors when recognized.
7. Provide an opportunity for responsible alternative opinions.
8. Provide references and contact information so that interested readers can verify
content and pursue further study.
B. The second responsibility of the editor is to authors.
1. Promote the dignity of the profession, all individuals and all groups.
2. Publish regularly the standards for selection of content and format for submission
3. Review submitted material in a fashion that is timely, confidential, constructive
and ensures consistency in the selection process.
4. Work to improve the skills of authors.
5. If peer reviewed, standards should be stated for selection of reviewers and the
rules under which they operate, and efforts should be made to improve the skills
C. The third responsibility of the editor is to the organization publishing the
1. Never place the sponsoring organization in a legally questionable or intentionally
2. The editor must have timely and complete access to policy, mission and important
emerging issues within the organization.
3. The organization should determine the selection and terms of employment of the
4. Advertising must be in good taste and not false or misleading.
5. A policy on copyright ownership should be developed and communicated.
D. The fourth responsibility of the editor is to the community of editors.
1. The editor must conscientiously strive to remain informed of emerging trends
in the fields and subjects covered in the publication.
2. The editor should receive training needed to perform duties assigned and should
keep such skills current.
3. The editor should have final say over content of the publication.
4. The editor must seek advice of and be open to guidance from peers.
5. A policy covering re-publication and other use of published material should be
published and sharing of material, with proper acknowledgement, is encouraged where
the profession benefits from this practice.
6. The editor should be above suspicion of party influence, conflict of interest
or personal agenda.
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