Misconduct/questionable behaviour (editor)

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Editor and reviewers requiring authors to cite their own work

18-03

A staff member in our editorial office noticed a decision letter where a handling editor instructed an author to cite an article published by the handling editor. The staff member wondered if this had happened before and reviewed recent decision letters by that editor.

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Cite this as: COPE Council. COPE Discussion Document: Addressing ethics complaints from complainants who submit multiple issues. March 2015. https://doi.org/10.24318/qiW7mhWw
Version 1: March 2015
© 2020 Committee on Publication Ethics (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

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Editor manipulation of impact factor

18-09

An editor in chief of a major medical journal in a specialty field is also an author. The editor submits a manuscript to a competing journal in the same field. The manuscript receives moderately favourable reviews and the authors are invited to respond to the reviewer input and submit a revised manuscript. In the communication from that journal's editor in chief, the authors are asked to cite additional references, both of which are from the same journal.

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Editor found guilty of research misconduct

17-08

A journal appointed a new editor-in-chief to their journal. He had previously been on the editorial board of the journal for 10 years and the editorial registrar for 5 years. During the handover period, it came to the journal’s attention that he was due to appear in front of a tribunal for research fraud. By agreement with the journal, he stepped down until the outcome of the tribunal, and the editor-in-chief of another journal took over as acting editor-in-chief in the interim.

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Paper B plagiarised paper A: what to do if a journal does not respond?

16-10

The author X of a paper published by journal A complained to the editor-in-chief of journal A that his/her paper has been plagiarised by a paper that has been published later by journal B. Moreover, the authors of the paper in journal B allegedly did not respond to letters sent by author X asking for an explanation about the apparent plagiarism.

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Confidentiality breach by an associate editor

12-32

The authors of a manuscript sent an official complaint to our journal regarding a breach of confidentiality by an associate editor (AE). The authors had been informed by the supervisor of a reviewer of a manuscript.

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WAME case

11-06

This case was posted on the WAME (World Association of Medical Editors) list-serv and the editor (from India) asked whether COPE could provide guidance.

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