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Form letters

Form letters are examples of appropriate letters for various situations. Please consult the decision trees to find out which letter is appropriate for which type of ethics complaint. You can copy the text of the letter and adjust it to your needs. The template is also available in Word or PDF format.

Types of letters

A. To author

A1. To author regarding a published article

A2. To author regarding suspected plagiarism in a submitted article

A3. To all contactable authors regarding an article retraction

A4. To all contactable authors regarding image integrity issue

B. To complainant re: Author

C. To institution

D. To other journal (double publication)

E. To funding agency

F. To reviewer

G. To complainant re: Reviewer

H. To reviewer's institution