Document Type: Original Manuscript


Department of Mathematics, Shiraz University, 71457-44776, Shiraz, Iran.


We state several conditions under which comultiplication and weak comultiplication modules are cyclic and study strong comultiplication modules and comultiplication rings. In particular, we will show that every faithful weak comultiplication module having a maximal submodule over a reduced ring with a finite indecomposable decomposition is cyclic. Also we show that if M is an strong comultiplication R-module, then R is semilocal and M is finitely cogenerated.
Furthermore, we define an R-module M to be p-comultiplication, if every nontrivial submodule of M is the annihilator of some prime ideal of R containing the annihilator of M and give a characterization of all cyclic p-comultiplication modules. Moreover, we prove that every pcomultiplication module which is not cyclic, has no maximal submodule and its annihilator is not prime. Also we give an example of a module over a Dedekind domain which is not weak comultiplication, but all of whose localizations at prime ideals are comultiplication and hence serves as a counterexample to [10, Proposition 2.3] and [11, Proposition 2.4].