Whistleblowers

Case

Suspected plagiarism

19-04

A single author submitted a paper to our journal. A similarity check revealed 48% similarity with another published paper. The published paper was by different authors—5 in total. The similarities between the papers were in the introduction, methods and discussion sections. The submitting author did not reference the published article.

We queried the corresponding author but have not received a response. 

Case

Scientific misconduct claim from a whistleblower where the institution will not investigate

18-08

A journal received an allegation of scientific misconduct from an anonymous individual stating they were from the group that had written the paper (Institution-1, there are two institutions involved in this research). The email stated that the scientific bases of the article were unreliable. The paper was currently with the authors who were revising the paper after the first round of review, and additional experiments were required.

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Written by COPE Council
Version 1  January 2013
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COPE Council. COPE Discussion Document. Responding to anonymous whistleblowers, January 2013 

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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
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Case

Institutional investigation of authorship dispute

16-15

We received a claim that several authors were removed from an article published in one of our journals before the article was submitted. None of those said to have been removed were acknowledged.

Case

Author accused of stealing research and publishing under their name

16-17

We received a letter from a third party, accusing author A of putting his/her name against an article, published in our journal, when the research itself belongs to author A's student.

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