The Western Journal of Emergency Medicine and Clinical Practice and Cases in Emergency Medicine Policy for Manuscript Veracity
WestJEM and CPC-EM takes serious concerns of its readers regarding the veracity of papers published. Options to express concern include the following:
1. Write a letter to the Editor outlining your concerns. We will give the authors a chance to respond, and then publish the concern and response electronically together in an upcoming issue. If the authors do not respond within a reasonable period, the letter of concern will be published electronically with a notation that the authors did not respond.
2. Write directly to the Editor-in-Chief at firstname.lastname@example.org
3. If a paper is found to have some fundamental flaw that would invalidate the results, the author will be notified and asked to retract the paper. If they agree, it will be retracted. If the authors do not agree, the letter of concern will be published without fee, and a revised version of the original paper will be labeled as having a serious concern regarding veracity, to the degree this is possible given restrictions of various WestJEM repositories.
4. If the flaw can be corrected by the paper’s authors, and a correct analysis of the original paper can be published, this will be done without additional fee.
5. The journal will make every attempt to correct the faulty or suspect paper within six months.