COPE's guidance, as a flowchart, on what to do for changes in authorship. Part (b): The corresponding author requests removal of an author before publication.
It is most important to check with the author(s) whose name(s) is/are being removed from the paper and get their agreement in writing.
Other flowcharts in this series:
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Author Developed for COPE by Liz Wager of Sideview © 2013 Committee on Publication Ethics First published 2006
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COPE Council. Corresponding author requests removal of author before publication. Version 2. 2013
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12 February 2021
Changed title to match the revision of the All Flowchart PDF