How this Publishing Ethics Resource Kit works

Perk logoThe material in this resource kit consists of the following:

When an editor is confronted with a case (or suspected case) of ethics abuse, he/she should first identify the type of unethical behaviour, using the definitions provided in each of the decision trees. Then the decision trees, and their recommended action, can be followed. Flow charts from COPE, in this kit named ‘COPE charts’, are available for a second opinion. This is often the time for the editor to discuss the case with his/her publishing contact within Elsevier and agree what action, if any, needs to be taken.

Within the decision trees, reference is made to the relevant form letters and Elsevier policies. The form letters and policies can be accessed directly from the decision tree pages, but also from the PERK introduction page, and the menu at the right-hand side.