CJEO is aware of the potential impact an allegation of ethical misconduct can have upon a researcher’s career. All allegations of ethical misconduct are taken seriously, and a full investigation will take place.
- The Editor-in-Chief should always be the first point of contact, and will seek clarification from all affected parties, in accordance with COPE.
- Where the allegation is made against the Editor-in-Chief, this should be sent to the Publisher for further investigation.
- If CJEO is approached by a third party with an allegation of plagiarism, the Editor-in-Chief will always seek a response from the original author(s) or copyright holder(s) before a recommendation is made.
- The Editor-in-Chief will adhere to COPE flowcharts, and will not be influenced by other parties. Any decisions made will be formed in an unbiased and objective manner. At all times, the Editor-in-Chief will remain neutral in tone, acting with integrity, and educating where possible.
- The Publisher is not obliged to discuss individual cases of alleged plagiarism with third parties.
- The Publisher reserves the right not to proceed with a case if the complainant presents a false name or affiliation, or acts in an inappropriate or threatening manner towards the journal’s editors and staff.
Please refer to the guidelines and COPE flowcharts for the processes that the journal follows in cases of alleged plagiarism in submitted or published articles.