COPE is seeking feedback from editors and publishers about whether it is ever, and if so under what circumstances, acceptable or even desirable for an editor of a journal to alter the contents of a submitted peer review or suppress it. We would be grateful if you could complete this short survey, the results of which will be kept anonymous but will inform a future COPE discussion document on this topic.

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* 1. Is it acceptable for an editor to make changes to the contents of a peer review before sending it to the authors?

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* 2. Is it acceptable for an editor to withold a review from the author?

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* 3. We are interested in knowing if you, as an editor, have chosen to suppress an entire review in materials sent to the authors and, if so, for what reason and how often. If you are a publisher, the question relates to whether you have seen this done. Please use the text box to explain further or add any other comments.

  Never Fewer than 5 times/year About once/month More than 12 times/year
The reviewer did not appear to understand the paper
The review suggested only changes incompatible with journal style or mission 
The review was hostile or unprofessional
Other

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* 4. We are interested in knowing if you, as an editor, have edited reviewer comments and the reasons for doing so. If you are a publisher, the question relates to whether you have seen this done. Please select as many of the following choices that fit your experience.  Please use the text box to explain further or add any other comments.

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* 5. In your role as an editor, if you do withhold a reviewer's comments, or censor them, do you make a notation of this in the editorial system that you use? If you are a publisher, have you ever observed an editor do this?

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* 6. What is your current role?

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* 7. How long have you been in this role?

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* 9. What country are you based in?

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* 10. How many submissions does your Journal receive per year?  If you work with >1  journal, please use the largest one for the answer to this question

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* 11. How many peer reviewed papers does your journal publish per year?  If you work with >1 journal, please use the largest one for the answer to this question

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* 12. How many peer reviewers are assigned in general to your submission sent for review?

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* 13. What best describes your peer review process? Tick all that apply.

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* 14. Please add any comments you would like to make about this topic.  Thank you very much for assisting us with this survey.

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