Case Number 01-19
Case in Detail | Anonymised
An article was submitted to a Journal (Journal A) for publication in 2011. According to the Journal’s policy, the article undergoes the initial screening, peer review and revisions as well as final proofreading from author and accordingly published within the same year in the Journal A. Soon after the publication, same author submitted the same manuscript to another local Journal (Journal B) and got published there also.
In June 2019, Journal A receives an email from author to withdraw his article because after the publication in Journal A, the author has published the same article in another local Journal (Journal B).
In this situation the editor of Journal A, wrote the author several times that it’s unethical and counted as Dual submission & Publication along with brief details of Journal A’s policy. Rather than understanding the editorial policies the author insists to withdraw his article from Journal A, which published his article before Journal B.
The editor of Journal A has not taken any action yet and contacted the Asian Council of Science Editors for guidelines to handle this situation as the article is still displayed on both journal’s website.
Question(s) for the ACSE Advisers:
- What should be the practical advice to Publisher of Journal A?
- Who is responsible for such misconduct?
- If author is responsible what should we do for the author’s wrong doing?
- Should we pursue the matter with the editor of the journal (Journal B) who has published the duplicate submission?