Letter 1: Initial letter to the corresponding author explaining the charge and requesting
Dear Dr. (LAST NAME):
I recently received an allegation of misconduct concerning your manuscript (TITLE AND
MANUSCRIPT NUMBER OR ARTICLE CITATION) submitted to/published in (JOURNAL).
(VERY BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF ALLEGATION—NO MORE THAN A FEW
Any further actions regarding this allegation will be based on your response; we expect to hear
from you by (DATE).
(FULL NAME), Editor-in-Chief, (JOURNAL)
cc: REPRESENTATIVE FOR PUBLISHER OR SOCIETY