On the Privacy of Correspondence and the Journal's Policies

From time to time the Editor receives letters intended to insult and intimidate him but which are disguised as objections to the journal's articles. When the Editor publishes such letters their authors starts crying foul and accuse him in unethical behavior and violating the privacy of correspondence.

Sometimes they write from their work e-mail accounts and attach the following:

    "This e-mail and any attachments may contain confidential material for the sole use of the intended recipient(s). Any review or distribution by others is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender and delete all copies."

In this regard the Editor wants to advise the following:

  1. The privacy (or secrecy) of correspondence means that nobody is allowed to intercept and read the correspondence in transit.
  2. The person whom the correspondence is addressed to is not obligated to keep it secret unless bound by a contract.
  3. No company can forbid publishing letters sent by its employees (regardless of whatever company's confidential information such letters may contain) if the recipient did not solicit these letters.
  4. It is unethical to write assaulting letters and hide behind "the privacy of correspondence".

The Editor would like to remind the potential correspondents that it is the policy of this journal to publish letters that he receives (on his sole discretion and without further notice). Please be mindful about this rule. Please also do not write from your work e-mail accounts lest you get problems at work.