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Research Ethics

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Many researchers indulge in what is known as ‘outcome switching,’ which means the trial report does not include outcomes that are part of the pre-registration, or…
How outcome switching is rendering clinical trials meaningless
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A paper has a greater chance of publication when it involves a full-scale study, rather than a fragment of a larger study. Read more to learn about the practice of …
The pitfalls of "salami slicing": Focus on quality and not quantity of publications
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Journals will not publish your paper if your study involves human subjects and you have not obtained informed consent.
Informed consent
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In the highly competitive world of academic publishing, authorship related problems are insreasing, with authors not getting credit for their work, disagreements between…
"Many journals are not only seeing more problems, the cases also seem to be becoming more complex." Dr. Hames discusses how current ethical issues across the…
Registration for clinical trials is a must for a study to be even considered for publication. Some journals follow the ICMJE guidelines for clinical trial registration…
The pressure to publish or perish can make authors desperate to increase their publication count. However, being tempted to divide a single study and publish it as…
Case: The study proposed a new wound healing technique and involved needle puncture on patients from two medical centers. It was mentioned in the paper that an…
Protecting the identity of enrolled patients is of utmost importance in clinical studies. However, sometimes, if the study involves facial features, it can be difficult…
The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) defines a clinical trial as any research project wherein human subjects are prospectively assigned to an…