The UMJ PUBLISHING relies on a wide range of business models to generate the income needed to offset its operating expenses: journal publication fees, institutional sponsorship, editorial services for conferences and meetings, reprints, financial support from societies and associations, and private company sponsorship. Whatever the reality, we are well aware that sponsorship might imperil editorial independence: that’s why we have compiled the following sponsorship policy guidelines in full compliance with the COPE Code of Conduct. When accepting sponsorship or advertising from companies, societies or other organizations, UMJ PUBLISHING applies the following procedures:
a) All advertising (or sponsorship or funding) must first be approved by the publisher. We may refuse to accept sponsorship from any commercial enterprise, company or industry and will not be bound to offer any justification for its decision to do so;
b) All advertising (or sponsorship or funding) is handled separately from editorial content. Sponsors don’t have control over the editorial decision, and more specifically:
- Editorial and advertising sales administration are completely separate operations;
- Editorial decisions are never influenced by potential advertising or reprint revenues;
c) Sponsors are requested to confirm this declaration of sponsorship in accordance with the aims of UMJ PUBLISHING to guarantee editorial autonomy.