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TEACHING ETHICS THROUGHOUT THE CURRICULUM

Case 85. Acknowledging the Insights of Reviewers

Situation

Herbert Swanson submitted a manuscript to a leading peer-reviewed journal in sociology. He received a decision of "Revise and Resubmit" and the reviewers, along with the editor, provided over 10 pages of detailed commentary. In his revision, he draws heavily from these comments, including seeking out additional citations and bringing in ideas discussed by the reviewers. Upon re-submission, the piece is sent out to some of the same reviewers and a new reviewer. The reviewer who had seen the piece previously contacts the editor, claims that the author has not given proper credit to ideas and submits a complaint to COPE.

Questions

  1. Is the reviewer justified in taking such a position?
  2. What are the editor's options?
  3. What is a likely COPE reaction?

Reflect on the above questions and form your own answers before clicking the discussion key to review the commentary provided with this case.

 

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