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[Correspondence] Lessons from the controversy over statins – Editor’s reply

I’m grateful to Virginia Barbour for responding to the criticisms of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). And I very much welcome her endorsement of the idea for an independent tribunal to consider allegations of research or publication malpractice. However, if she had quoted my words fully and fairly, I think she would have to agree that the claim that “COPE declined to act further” in response to “a direct request [to] conduct an independent investigation”1 was correct. COPE did decline to act further, and this refusal has led to the current exchange.