We understand that manuscripts submitted to journals are privileged communications that are the author’s private, confidential property, and authors may be harmed by premature disclosure of any or all of a manuscript’s details. As such, HMDJ’s Editorial team and publication staff, are required to keep all information about a submitted manuscript confidential, sharing it only with those involved in the evaluation, review, and publication processes.

HMDJ Editorial team maintains the confidentiality of authors and peer-reviewers in accordance with ICMJE policy. Editors agree to take all reasonable steps to check the facts in journal commentary and to adhere to best journalistic practices. Editors will not publish or publicize peer review comments without permission of the reviewer and author.

In cases of breach of confidentiality by those involved in the peer-review process, Editorial team agrees to contact the involved parties and follow up on such cases until they are satisfactorily resolved.