A journal receives a critique, or commentary, of an article previously published in the journal. The flowchart offers editors a step by step guide on how to handle this process.
The flowchart has been developed in collaboration with Wiley.
- Post-publication discussion usually begins with a reader’s critique of an article that a journal has published.
- When a formal critique is received, journals often invite the original authors of the critiqued article to write a reply. The critique and response may be peer reviewed.
- Critiques are often challenging and there are considerations that a journal might face, which are described in the guidance.
- Journals should have a transparent policy for considering critiques.
- Critiques should be reasonable and not contain libellous or defamatory content.
- Critiques should have evidence or data to support the claims.
- Journals must be clear with the authors of the critique and the published article on the timeline and the action to be taken.
- Amendments to the published article may need to be made (eg, correction or retraction).
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COPE Council. COPE Flowcharts and infographics - Handling of post-publication critiques - English.
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