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Complaints and appeals

Journals should have a clearly described process for handling complaints against the journal, its staff, editorial board or publisher

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In the news: April 2018 Digest

Included in the news this month are articles related to April's theme of "Complaints and appeals”, together with authorship, code of ethics, retractions and preprints.

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Complaints and appeals

“Journals should have a clearly described process for handling complaints against the journal, its staff, editorial board or publisher”. This refers to COPE’s Core Practice #3 and it is good advice and might be the only advice you need if all human beings operated solely with agreed upon objective and rational principles and facts.

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COPE Education Subcommittee focus: Complaints and Appeals

COPE’s core practice # 3 recommends that: 

“Journals should have a clearly described process for handling complaints against the journal, its staff, editorial board or publisher.”

Such complaints can take many forms (there are 133 cases in the COPE case database), some fairly common and straight forward, others less so.

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Author Developed for COPE by Liz Wager of Sideview © 2013 Committee on Publication Ethics First published 2006
Version 1 2006
How to cite this
COPE Council.What to do if you suspect an ethical problem. Version 2. 2013

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About this resource

Authors Steve Yentis (former COPE Council member and Editor-in-Chief, Anaesthesia) and COPE Council
Version 1 March 2015
How to cite this
Yentis S on behalf of COPE Council. Sharing of information among editors-in-chief regarding possible misconduct. Version 1. March 2015 https://doi.org/10.24318/cope.2019.1.7

Our COPE materials are available to use under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs license
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Attribution — You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).
Non-commercial — You may not use this work for commercial purposes. No Derivative Works —
You may not alter, transform, or build upon this work. We ask that you give full accreditation to COPE with a link to our website: publicationethics.org

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  • 16 March 2020

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