Research results misappropriation

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).
  • References to relevant Elsevier policies/links.


What identifies a case in this area?
Recommended action



Case studies

1: Author dispute concerning ownership of data
2: The manipulated contributor list


Relevant Elsevier policies/links

Duties of authors
Elsevier policy on article withdrawal