Correction of the literature, retractions


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Letter from the COPE co-Chairs: November 2018

My initial introduction to COPE many years ago occurred when, as an editor of a peer reviewed journal, a reviewer called to my attention, a blatant example of fabrication in a manuscript in which years and volumes of references had been altered to make them more current. I contacted COPE, presented the case at a Forum, and received excellent advice and consultation. This ultimately resulted in numerous retractions of manuscripts published by this researcher, across three journals.


In the news: November 2018 Digest

Post publication discussion and corrections

About this resource

Cite this as: COPE Council. COPE Guidelines: Retraction Guidelines. November 2019.

Version 2: 2019

Version 1: 2009

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