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Publication Ethics

What is duplicate submission? Can a paper be published without ethical approval? Is it ethical to use data from a previous paper? This section provides guidance on publication ethics: authors can learn about the code of ethics in research to avoid accidental plagiarism and the importance of obtaining ethical approval. Developing good ethical research practices can help authors publish their work ethically, and avoid rejection and retraction due to misconduct.
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If an author writes an online blog post extracted from his/her own published research paper with minor changes (though more precise as compared to the original article), for sharing it with the general audience, will it be considered self-plagiarism?
  • Anonymous
  • Jul 6, 2017
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I have published an article and am currently working on another manuscript. Will it be considered self-plagiarism if I take the introduction of the published article as is and use it for the second manuscript. Will be okay if I cite it like any other reference? I plan to use whole paragraphs, not sentences. 
  • Anonymous
  • Jun 29, 2017
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I want to present my research papers at an international conference. I found a lot on the internet but I am not sure if they are legitimate or not. Presenting a paper is quite expensive. How can I find one that is real? Where is the site to see legitimate conferences?
  • Anonymous
  • Jun 29, 2017
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 A checklist for spotting predatory publishers
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This infographic is a checklist of the criteria that would indicate to authors whether a particular journal is predatory or legitimate. Researchers ought to consider these criteria before submitting their manuscript to a journal.
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I want to know whether all co-authors of a publication own the content and if they can use text, figures, tables, and data from a co-authored paper for their own publication. Let me explain the situation in detail. A third co-author C of a study in 2016 available online (under subscription) wants to reuse the data (included in the figures or tables) of this paper. He had co-authored this paper with four others (A, B, D, E) and now wants to reuse part of the data for a single author paper. This...
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I received an invitation email from a comapny called NOOR Publishing to publish my thesis free of charge in the form of printed book. The "acquisition editor" states that they are not a conventional publishing house, which is why they are soliciting articles and research from authors directly. They offer simplified and fast publishing process; worldwide sales of your work; no commitments; you and only you remain the copyright holder of your work, etc. The online brochure I received shows that...
  • Anonymous
  • Jun 22, 2017
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A journal editor discusses mass retraction and unethical publication practices
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As the volume of scientific publishing is increasing, so is the competitive pressure to get published. The extreme competition in academia and the immense pressure to publish is driving authors towards unethical publishing practices, as is proved by the increasing instances of mass retractions. This article explores the driving force behind unethical practices, different unethical routes to academic publishing, and identifies the co-conspirators behind these scandalous activities.  
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I wrote a manuscript to submit it to a journal and I cannot let my supervisor know about it because he doesn't show any interest in it. But I want to publish this work. However, his name is included in the paper as a co-author.
  • Anonymous
  • Jun 9, 2017
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I have recived a reviewer comment that states: "The authors should consider the STROBE statement (STrengthening the Reporting of OBservational studies in Epidemiology) and make sure that their paper follows the standards for reporting observational studies outlined therein (https://strobe-statement.org/index.php?id=strobe-home ). In particular, see the checklist for cross-sectional studies: https://strobe-statement.org/fileadmin/Strobe/uploads/checklists/STROBE_checklist_v4_cross-sectional.pdf...
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Hi, I submitted my paper to a journal not listed in Beall's list of predatory journals, but it proved to be a predatory publisher, due to which my "Acceptance for Publication" was denied by our school's director. I wrote the editor to provide me comprehensive details of the review performed as a supporting document for the doctoral requirements at my school, but I didn't get one. I wrote again to withdraw my manuscript so I can submit it to another journal, but I received no response. Should I...

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