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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Journal Management/Publication Process

Systematic manipulation of the publication process


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