COPE's guidelines, as a flowchart, on how to respond to whistleblowers when concerns are raised about a published article on a social media site.
How should you respond when a published article is criticised on social media or a post-publication peer review site(s)? The criticism could include anonymous or not anonymous concerns about scientific soundness or allegations of plagiarism, figure manipulation or other forms of misconduct.
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Authors Tim Albert, trainer in medical writing; Elizabeth Wager, freelance writer and trainer, on behalf of COPE Council
Version 1 November 2015
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COPE Council.Responding to Whistleblowers - concerns raised via social media. Version 1. 2015https://doi.org/10.24318/cope.2019.2.14
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