Do rules of publication ethics apply to peer reviewers?

Do rules of publication ethics apply to peer reviewers?

Peer reviewers are supposed to be the gatekeepers of science, but unluckily, sometimes peer reviewers are also guilty of misconduct. This case explore tracks an ethical breach by a peer reviewer and summarizes the rules laid down by the Committee of Publication Ethics regarding the ethical standards and boundaries that reviewers are expected to uphold in peer review.  

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