Handling cases of alleged misconduct

IOP Publishing is a member of the Committee for Publication Ethics (COPE) and adheres to the COPE Guidelines regarding misconduct and retractions. We take ethical allegations very seriously and believe it is our responsibility to maintain the integrity of the scientific record as far as possible.

Our relationship with our authors is based on trust and we publish submitted material in good faith. However, if a possible breach of ethics is brought to our attention, we will refer the case to our Research Integrity Panel for investigation. The panel includes representation from our legal department, as well as senior management and editorial staff. The panel may seek advice from the journal’s Editorial Board, and may need to escalate an investigation to author’s institution(s) for further information. The panel will decide the most appropriate course of action to take according to industry guidelines and advise on any corrections (including retractions) that may be required to the published record, following the STM Guideline for the Preservation of the Objective Record of Science (2006).

Please note:

  • Misconduct investigations are sensitive and can take time
  • IOP Publishing has the right to contact an individual’s institution regarding allegations of misconduct, according to the COPE Guidelines
  • IOP Publishing reserves the right not to work with anyone who is abusive to our staff, authors, reviewers or editors

To report any concerns relating to potential misconduct, please contact the editorial office for the relevant journal. You can find contact information for all IOP journals here. Alternatively you can contact our Research Integrity and Inclusion Manager directly. We follow the COPE guidelines on responding to whistleblowers, which includes protecting your anonymity.