Council of Editors of Learned Journals

Code of Conduct

Given CELJ’s mission and values that support professionalism, inclusion, and collaboration in scholarly journal publishing, CELJ is committed to providing an inclusive and harassment-free environment for everyone. As a community, we rely on the integrity and the good judgment of our members in supporting these values and commitments. For this reason, CELJ members should not
  •  exploit or discriminate against others on grounds such as race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, religion (or lack thereof), or other group identity.
  •  sexually harass anyone they come into professional contact with including staff members, colleagues, vendors, authors, or students.
  •  use language that is prejudicial or gratuitously derogatory.
  •  make capricious or arbitrary decisions affecting publication status, academic freedom, working conditions, or professional status of anyone they work with.
  •  misuse confidential information.
  •  practice deceit or fraud on the academic community or the public, including plagiarizing the work of others.
This Code of Conduct applies to all forms of participation in the CELJ community, including, but not limited to:
  • Messages sent via CELJ communication channels, both internal (e.g., Listservs) and external (e.g., social media);
  • Participation in CELJ governance or working groups;
  • Participation in in-person and virtual events convened by CELJ (e.g., MLA sessions and Chats with an Editor).

Reporting Violations

In interactions with CELJ, if you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns or violations to report, please contact a member of the CELJ Board. They will determine the appropriate course of action, which may involve mediation; sanctions may include termination of membership.

If someone is found in violation of the Code of Conduct of one of CELJ’s affiliate organizations, then sanctions issued by another organization may extend to CELJ participation as well. We will respect the judgment of our member associations regarding their Codes of Conduct.


The CELJ Code of Conduct was approved by the Board of Directors in December 2020, and is a compilation of codes stemming from the Modern Language Association, the Library Publishing Coalition, and C4DISC. We thank those organizations for providing sharable versions of their codes for our mutual benefit and growth.
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