Plagiarism complaints

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:

  • Case studies.
  • References to the relevant form letters (examples of appropriate letters for various situations).
  • Flow charts from COPE, here named 'COPE charts'. These 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.
  • References to relevant Elsevier policies/links.

What identifies a case in this area? 

Recommended action

Case studies

1: Using someone else's paper as a template

COPE charts

 Suspected plagiarism in a submitted manuscript
Suspected plagiarism in a published article

Relevant Elsevier policies/links

Plagiarism detection
Duties of authors
Elsevier policy on article withdrawal