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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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I was invited by a journal to be an editor. When I asked how they did found me, they replied that they found my homepage, and that they are a company located in India. I registered as I thought it is an honor to be an editorial board member. The journal's name is “Journal of Comprehensive Nursing Research and Care” which is a bit vague. I was asked by them to cooperate and to submit a paper within 1 month. I read an article on Editage Insights about predatory journals, and now I doubt that they...
  • Anonymous
  • Aug 10, 2017
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I recently received an invoice (surprise, shock?!) from Austin Publishing group along with the final manuscript proof email. I replied in a few minutes that I cannot afford the amount as it was way too expensive and would prefer alternate options or even withdraw my submission. They replied that it is already published and I have to pay the charges (it was only the proof correction stage). Then they did not reply to my email for a week and published it. I called them multiple times and left...
  • Anonymous
  • Jul 10, 2017
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Recently one of my friends submitted an article to a journal with "No fee" mark is vivid on the journal website (Medknow published). There was no text available about any fees related to article processing or any other fees on the journal website. However, after submission, the editor sent an email stating that if the author wants to proceed further, he should assure that, after acceptance, he has to take an annual membership (INR 5000) of the society which publishes the journal. Obviously, we...
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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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