How this Publishing Ethics Resource Kit worksThe material in this resource kit consists of the following:
- Decision trees – Flow charts for dealing with different forms of publishing ethics abuse
- Form letters - Examples of appropriate letters for various situations
- Case studies
- Q & A - A large resource of useful information structured in the form of Questions and Answers
- General links to related Elsevier policies, documents and initiatives
- More information about and links to industry organisations, such as the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)
- An overview of duties of editors and other parties involved in publishing ethics.
When an editor is confronted with a case (or suspected case) of ethics abuse, he/she should first identify the type of unethical behaviour, using the definitions provided in each of the decision trees. Then the decision trees, and their recommended action, can be followed. Flow charts from COPE, in this kit named ‘COPE charts’, 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.Within the decision trees, reference is made to the relevant form letters and Elsevier policies. The form letters and policies can be accessed directly from the decision tree pages, but also from the PERK introduction page, and the menu at the right-hand side.