Flowcharts

The flowcharts are designed to help editors follow COPE’s Core Practices and implement its advice when faced with cases of suspected misconduct and have been translated into a number of different languages. They can be downloaded individually (English only) or as a complete set.

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Complete set

English: all flowcharts

Translated verions of this complete set are available on our Translated Resources page

Fabrication

What to do if you suspect image manipulation in a published article

Journal Management/Publication Process

Systematic manipulation of the publication process

General Approach to Publication Ethics for the Editorial Office

Authorship

How to recognise potential authorship problems

How to spot authorship problems

Suspected ghost, guest or gift authorship

Corresponding author requests removal of author before publication

Request for addition of extra author after publication

Request for removal of author after publication

Corresponding author requests addition of extra author before publication

Conflict of Interest

What to do if a reviewer suspects undisclosed conflict of interest (CoI) in a submitted manuscript

What to do if a reader suspects undisclosed conflict of interest (CoI) in a published article

Data

Suspected fabricated data in a submitted manuscript

Suspected fabricated data in a published manuscript

Ethical problems

What to do if you suspect an ethical problem

Peer review

How to spot potential manipulation of the peer review process- Latin American Spanish

How to spot potential manipulation of the peer review process- English

What to consider when asked to peer review a manuscript- Latin American Spanish

What to consider when asked to peer review a manuscript- English

What to do if you suspect a reviewer has appropriated an author’s idea or data

Plagiarism

Suspected plagiarism in a submitted manuscript

Suspected plagiarism in a published manuscript

Redundant (duplicate) publication

Suspected redundant publication in a submitted manuscript

Suspected redundant publication in a published manuscript

Whistleblowing

Responding to Whistleblowers- concerns raised via social media

Responding to Whistleblowers- concerns raised directly