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Randian’s guiding principle is that contributors must avoid engaging in conduct that would undermine the integrity or impartiality of Randian. Accordingly we require our contributors to observe the following principles.

Actual or potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise, will be declared. A “conflict” will arise where any direct or indirect benefit from a third party may accrue to the writer by writing for Randian about a subject in a positive or negative light or at all. The test is whether an objective reader informed of all the material circumstances would reasonably construe that there was a potential conflict of interest.

Writers must disclose any conflicts of interests when they are writing about people, institutions, or publications, and also whether:

1. They have, currently or in the last year, been employed or contracted by the person, institution or publication in a professional capacity, for example, as employees, writers, editors, curators, or directors; or

2. They are or have been directors on the institution’s board or have undertaken consultancy or advocacy work for same; or

3. They have commercial/financial interests, including shares, partnerships, loans, securities or art investments.

No payment, direct or indirect, will be accepted for editorial content. This includes any goods, services, discounts, money, loans, tips, or entertainment over 150 RMB.

Advertising will be clearly marked as such.

Sources will be checked and acknowledged.

Contributors will be accurate regarding objective facts.

As far as practical, translations will be faithful to the original text.

Copyright in all relevant works, including text, images and video, will otherwise be acknowledged and licenses obtained where necessary.

Historical images used for illustrative purposes but whose source cannot be reasonably identified (for instance, due to the photographer or artist being deceased or cannot be located), will only be displayed on the basis of historical relevance and subject to Randian subsequently identifying the relevant rights holder where possible. This policy is necessary due to the rapid development of the contemporary art sector in China over recent decades, which has outstripped the development of an accompanying art infrastructure, including the development of image banks and rights agencies.