Related Elsevier policies, documents and initiatives

This section provides a comprehensive overview of links to Elsevier policy and procedures documents.

Legal guide for editors concerning ethics issues
This document contains clear definitions of all ethical problems that an editor might encounter and general guidelines on how an editor should deal with issues when they arise.

Plagiarism detection (CrossCheck)
In addition to making available this Publishing Ethics Resource Kit, Elsevier is also active in other publishing ethics initiatives, internally and externally. With the CrossRef Association it is involved in a plagiarism software project called CrossCheck. This link provides more information about this initiative.

Elsevier policy on article withdrawal
A description is given of circumstances when a published article must be withdrawn, retracted, replaced or removed.

Elsevier’s policy on changes to the authorship of accepted manuscripts This policy addresses the addition, deletion, or rearrangement of author names in the authorship of accepted manuscripts.

Competing interests
This page includes information on what constitutes (potential) competing interests.

This page contains information about the disclosure statement in which authors must disclose any potential or actual conflict of interest.

The role of your funding source
This page contains information about the declaration that should be used to declare all sources of funding.

Figure manipulation
Whilst it is accepted that authors sometimes need to manipulate images for clarity, manipulation for purposes of deception or fraud will be seen as scientific ethical abuse and will be dealt with accordingly. This page describes what is and what is not allowed.
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Patient details
Studies on patients or volunteers required ethics committee approval and informed consent, which should be documented in the paper. This links provides information on the requirements that authors need to adhere to.

Mandatory ethics and procedures  statement
This document contains a statement on Elsevier’s position on ethics and procedures for the scientific journals it publishes. Authors submitting a paper via our editorial systems are required to confirm that they have read and accept the statement before further completing the submission.