Folio: 40 issue coverFolio: has named ASBPE’s Guide to Preferred Editorial Practices among the industry’s Top 40 developments in 2006.

The 2007 Folio: 40 — which the magazine-industry publication calls “the oldest, most comprehensive and most distinguished compilation of its kind” — included ASBPE’s new ethics guidelines as one of last year’s top developments. “Although many have tried,” the magazine notes, “few organizations have tackled the subject of online ethics as thoroughly as the American Society of Business Publication Editors did in the May 2006 release of its updated ethics guide.”

Folio: said it examined the entire magazine industry and related markets “for individuals from the executive suite on down who best represent an increasingly multifaceted media landscape.” Organizations and events are considered in addition to individuals.

ASPBE president Roy Harris was quoted in the article as saying that the ethics code was a six-month effort by a team of editors, coming after a survey of members about what problems needed to be addressed. Folio: and Harris pointed to the key role editors play ethically, working both with the problems faced by writers and those faced by publishers.