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Title Inappropriate peer reviewer?
Long Title Inappropriate peer reviewer?
Contributor/Contact Dale J. Benos, PhD (benos@physiology.uab.edu)
Contributor Details Dale J. Benos, PhD
Chairman of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
CTSA Alabama
Case Study Provided A paper was submitted to your journal. The review process was quite extensive, the paper having undergone several rounds of peer review. Part of the delay was caused by the authors not revising the paper in a timely fashion. The paper was also delayed by one of the reviewers, in that, very demanding revisions were required. After the paper was resubmitted a third time, the corresponding author wrote to the editor stating that she saw a similar paper that was just published on the web within the last week. The author asked a very specific question, "I have been wondering whether anyone in the [authorship] in the recently published paper was acting as a reviewer of our paper? Of course, that would raise an ethical issue because of the quite obvious conflict of interest. Although I do not pretend to know the identity of the referees, I feel justified to seek an answer to this question." On examination, the editor discovers that yes; indeed, one of the authors of the previously published paper was one of the three reviewers of the manuscript in question. Moreover, it was the same reviewer who demanded extensive revisions. What should be done?
Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing and Ownership Topics No Data acquisition_management_sharing and ownership Topics
Mentor and Trainee Responsibilities Topics No mentor and trainee responsibilities topics
Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship Topics
Dealing with controversies that arise in authorship,
Poor publication practices,
Protecting privacy in publication
Peer Review Topics
The significance of peer review,
Conflicts of interest and peer reviews,
Qualities of a good review and reviewer,
Logistics of peer reviewing,
Responding to reviewers,
Reviewer roles in ensuring RCR,
Editorial responsibilities
Collaborative Science Topics No collaborative science topics
Research Misconduct Topics
Responding to observed misconduct
Conflicts of Interest, Law and Policy Topics
The significance of conflicts of interest,
Managing conflicts of interest
Human Subjects No human subjects
Citation Benos DJ, Fabres J, Famer J, Gutierrez JP, Hennessy K, Kosek D, Lee JH, Olteanu D, Russell T, Shaikh F, and Wang K. Ethics and scientific publication. Advances in Physiology Education 29: 59-74, 2006.
URL http://advan.physiology.org/cgi/content/full/29/2/59
RCR Keyword Intellectual Work, Peer Review, Manuscript, Journal, Editor, Reviewer, Conflict of Interest, Delaying the Review Process
Other RCR Keywords Delays
Ethical Issue
Intentional Delay
Letter of Reprimand
Published on Web
Review Board
Review Process
Rounds of Peer Review
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Case Difficulty Quick
Type of Case

Source for Topic Areas Du Bois, J., & Dueker, J. (2009). Teaching and Assessing the Responsible Conduct of Research: A Delphi Consensus Panel Report. Journal of Research Administration, 40(1), 49-70.


Topic revision: r2 - 12 Nov 2011 - 16:32:35 - MarkYarborough
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