Inspired by frequently asked questions from editors, our dedicated EES (Electronic Editorial Systems) team share their top tips on getting the best out of your peer review management system. In this post, what do you do if you suspect, or are notified of, a potential ethical issue regarding a manuscript in peer review? Read on.
If you suspect, or are notified of, a potential ethical issue regarding a manuscript in peer review you should first place the peer-review process on hold. It might be helpful to make it visual using the manuscript flags on your ScholarOne Manuscripts or Editorial Manager site. You should then notify your Taylor & Francis Managing Editor of the concern and liaise with them to investigate the issue at hand. Depending on the outcome of the investigation and the severity of the ethical issue, you may wish to remove the manuscript flag and resume the peer-review process, make a revision decision indicating how the authors should modify their submission to make it acceptable for further consideration, or make an immediate reject decision on the manuscript.