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.
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