Undisclosed conflicts of interest

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: Undeclared competing interests


COPE charts

NOTE
What to do if a reviewer suspects undisclosed conflict of interest (CoI) in a submitted manuscript?
What to do if a reader suspects undisclosed conflict of interest (CoI) in a published article?

Relevant Elsevier policies/links

Conflicts of interest
Duties of authors
Elsevier policy on article withdrawal