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  • News

    Case Discussion: Editor and reviewers requiring authors to cite their own work

    …In this case, a staff member at a journal noted that a handling editor and her or his favorite reviewers frequently requested authors to cite the editor’s  and reviewers’ work in revised submissions. Once this was confirmed, the editor-in-chief consulted the editorial board…
  • Case

    An accusation of racism

    An article on the community based diagnosis of a common disease was submitted. The journal had never received a paper from this particular country before. The diagnostic test used in the study is known to have a low sensitivity and is not the accepted gold standard. The editors felt that as the author was a senior academic, it was likely that his/her institution would be one of the few…
  • Case

    Submissions from institutions where misconduct has previously been suspected

    …of misconduct. The manuscript was rejected primarily because it was not of a sufficient standard to merit publication and also because of concerns regarding the possible falsification of results. In his letter to the author, the editor-in-chief asked for an explanation of the differences between the two manuscripts. The reply claimed that additional patients had been recruited. Of note, the demographic…
  • Research

    Authors’ awareness of publication ethics: An international survey 2009

    This is a collaborative project between Sara Schroter, Gary Bryan, Elizabeth Loder (BMJ); Jason Roberts (International Society of Managing and Technical Editors), Tim Houle (Wake Forest University, North Carolina), and Don Penzien (University of Mississippi, Jackson, MS). Considerable time is expended by journals investigating ethical transgressions and misconduct that may be caused…
  • Case

    Lead author of a research paper disagrees with content of a linked editorial

    …They asked to have a lengthy letter rebutting the editorial posted online simultaneously with publication of the editorial. They were directed to follow normal procedures for posting a response to a paper, which includes waiting until it is published and adhering to other standard procedures for commentary on a published paper. The authors were not satisfied with this suggestion. After negotiation,…
  • Case

    Late reinterpretation and a new author

    …and as the authors had all signed the copyright agreement the journal was within its rights to publish it without any further changes. _ The authors should be given a deadline to answer the questions raised above, and be advised that the editor would be contacting the head of the institution. _ The data should be published once the authorship issue has been resolved internally, but the institution should be made…
  • Seminars and webinars

    Seminar 2016: Authors, understanding responsibilities and managing expectations - Zoë Mullan, Founding Editor, The Lancet Global Health

    … Download presentation: Authors: understanding responsibilities and managing expectations [PDF, 1034KB] …
  • Case

    Research involving unethical animal experimentation

    A manuscript was submitted which described an intervention that partially corrected the results in stress injury in an animal model. Two reviewers drew attention to the fact that the stress model used in these experiments would not be ethically acceptable in the UK. The editor raised this with the senior author, who responded promptly stating that the work had already been presented…
  • Case

    Dual submission and editor’s failure to take action

    …was published in July. We first wrote to the authors that this was unethical and amounted to dual submission. We again received a rather impolite reply. We then wrote to the editor of the journal in which the article was published. Apparently, this journal does not ask for a non-submission undertaking from the authors. The editor was quite vague in his reply. We sent him the details of dual submission…
  • Case

    Dispute between authors and a reviewer

    A concise report on a rare disease was submitted and sent out to an internationally renowned reviewer in the field. He felt that some of the data had been obtained in his unit, and this had not been acknowledged by the authors. The authors responded that the tests had been performed in their own laboratory, but that the scans had indeed been done elsewhere. The editor suggested that perhaps…
  • Case

    Duplicate publication in possibly four papers

    …country in another language, and then in English. A native speaker of the other language was able to read both versions and found only minor differences, and the editor of the foreign language journal also did this, and recommended that our journal retract the papers. The authors checked the box on our submission form that indicated that the submissions had not been published elsewhere, and they made…
  • Case

    Transparency of peer review to co-authors

    An associate editor of one of our journals has asked whether we can configure our online peer review system to restrict access to reviewer correspondence to corresponding authors. His concern is that some of the review materials (eg, a harsh critique) might be embarrassing for the principal investigator if accessed by a co-author who was a junior investigator or laboratory technician.…
  • Case

    Authors bearing gifts …

    The editor of an international journal is bothered: he has received a gift that looks expensive, though it might not be. The sender is an author of a paper submitted to the journal; he has just received a “major revisions necessary” decision. In previous emails, the author has suggested hosting the editor in “his native beautiful city”, an invitation the editor has acknowledged, saying…
  • Case

    Overseas editor dismissed from university for fraud

    An international specialist medical journal has editors in the UK and abroad who function independently. An issue of a scientific journal in 1998 reported that the overseas editor had been dismissed from a university professorship because of scientific fraud. This had been documented in three published research papers.The report highlighted a particular paper, in which 27 references cited…
  • Case

    Disagreement between authors and sponsor

    …an extensive internal one. The associate editor who had accepted the manuscript and a representative of the editorial board were asked to assess the company's claims and the authors' responses and they felt that the authors had satisfactorily answered the questions that had been raised. The company contacted the ethics committee of the authors' institution and reported their concerns.…
  • News

    Authorship and Contributorship focus: an editor view and research institution view

    …guidance on resolving  authorship issues. Of particular note are the Discussion Document "What constitutes authorship?"; the position statement Responsible research…
  • Case

    Case of figure duplication and manipulation involving two journals

    …to the editor from an independent observer of the case, criticising the editorial process that led to the papers being accepted and published. The society and editors in chief naturally wished to respond rapidly to author D and to avoid any damage to the reputations of the journals through association. Following standard society policy and procedure, and consulting the COPE guidelines, the editors
  • Case

    Prolific authors

    …qualify for authorship under the ICMJE guidelines for each article.  It has been shown that some infamous cases of fraud were by prolific authors ("High annual publication rates had characterised many of the international research misconduct cases, which had begun to come to light in the mid-1970s" cgi/reprint/331/7511/281.pdf; Lock S,…
  • Case

    Omitted author

    …of the cases was "his case" and that he wanted the case and the clinical photograph of his patient to be withdrawn from the paper; alternatively, he requested being made a coauthor on the paper.The editor circulated the letter from Professor X to the publisher, the editor-elect and the editorial office. It was decided that the editor should contact the corresponding author to ask them to consider…
  • Case

    Possible serial misconduct in relation to coauthors and other activities

    I am the editor of an international clinical journal and am facing a very unusual problem that does not fit readily into COPE flowcharts. Through a reviewer, I was informed that an author had submitted a paper without the approval of at least one of the other authors. This appeared to be confirmed by two other authors. In response to my bringing this possibility to the first author’s