The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT), aims to provide accurate, impartial, well-balanced highways and transportation information. This editorial policy explains how we select and review the editorial content and tools you see on our site, how we distinguish advertising and sponsored content from editorial content, how financial or other influences from outside our company affect our website, and how you may contact us to ask questions or comment on our websites.
Reference to "CIHT" or "We" means the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation, including any company that we control (for example a subsidiary that we own). Reference to "website" means our internet website, ciht.org.uk. We have an about us section on our site where you can read more about our company, what we do and find out how to contact us.
This Editorial Policy applies to ciht.org.uk. You should read the editorial policy at each website that you visit after you leave ciht.org.uk. We are not responsible for how other websites handle editorial once you leave ciht.org.uk.
Minor changes to the policy may occur that will not affect the overall goals this policy is designed to achieve. When the policy changes in a way that significantly affects the way we handle editorial matters, we will clearly draw the attention of our users to the change. We will post policy changes on our websites in a timely manner.
CIHT are committed to providing you with balanced, accurate information. CIHT employs editorial professionals who are responsible for content selection, development and maintenance process. We recognise the importance of maintaining a clear separation between our independent editorial content and any materials that are advertising or any content that may be influenced by our sponsors. We also have organised the operations of our website to provide for appropriate separation of our education and promotion programs from an editorial perspective. We manage our educational activities for our members and highways and transportation professionals, and individuals who work on educational matters are not involved with promotional activities.
All material on our website that we present as our own is either created by us or is obtained from content providers whose editorial processes we have evaluated and find to be acceptable. Material we create is written either by our staff writers or by highways and transportation professionals and writers whom we commission. Our content has been evaluated by in-house editors and all submitted content is reviewed for fair balance and whether learning objectives are met by the content. Sources for third party editorial content include government agencies, not-for-profit organisations, universities, and key stakeholders that provide transport related news and information. Our editorial staff reviews most content from outside sources for accuracy, balance, completeness and timeliness before we make it available on our sites. In the cases where a complete review is not possible, we rely on spot-checking and our previous evaluation of possible sources of information and of the editorial procedures used by the information provider (for example, in the case of the use of government agency news releases). In most cases, content we obtain from others has also been reviewed by the provider's own in-house staff, or subjected to review by independent authorities in the field. In some areas of our website, we make content available that comes from corporate partners and conference organisers. We design these areas to make it clear to the user that the content has not gone through our editorial process. CIHT reviews site content regularly to ensure that it remains relevant. Where necessary, content found to be incorrect or out of date is corrected, updated, moved to an archive (where it remains available), or purged. We can use editor's notes to indicate when this has occurred.
Currently CIHT, unlike most information sites on the World Wide Web, do not rely on advertising and sponsorship, including banner advertising, grants, and sponsorship of ongoing education programs. Advertising is discussed later in this policy. With respect to sponsorship or other financial relationships, we observe the following principles:
We welcome any comments, questions, or complaints you have about this editorial policy or our Web sites. Please feel free to contact us by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org