Reviewer bias or competitive harmful acts by reviewers

How it works

To find out if a case, or suspected case of ethics abuse, falls within the category of this tree, please consult the definitions provided under 'What identifies a case in this area?' If it does, the recommended action of this tree can be followed. This tree furthermore provides:

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idenWhat identifies a case in this area?
                      recc Recommended action

Case studies
1: Submission of a paper by a reviewer
2: Reviewer/author conflict of interest
3: Referee with a conflict of interest

COPE charts

What to do if you suspect a reviewer has appropriated an author's ideas or data?

Relevant Elsevier policies/links

Duties of reviewers
Elsevier policy on article withdrawal