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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 intend to submit my research (in Japanese), that was previously presented at a conference, to the conference proceedings. I also intend to publish a journal article in English that summarizes the contents of my master’s thesis, to a miscellany issued by a laboratory. These two papers have some duplicate content. Will this be regarded as a duplicate submission?
  • Anonymous
  • Jul 5, 2018
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Two researchers and I meet all of the authorship criteria for a paper on a topic in ecology, with me serving as lead author. We three conceived and designed the study, secured funding, implemented and led data collection, conducted all data analyses, interpreted results, and wrote the entirety of the manuscript. We are all appropriately listed on the by-line as authors, and we have agreed to the contents of the manuscript.Two other researchers (A and B) contributed to data collection for our...
  • Anonymous
  • Jul 4, 2018
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How can I prevent plagiarism if I use the same words, sentences and idea of my thesis in my journal article? I have submitted my thesis to my university but the thesis has not been published by any academic publisher. Now I wish to use the same words, sentences and ideas from the thesis for a journal article. How can I prevent self-plagiarism? Presently it’s a 100% plagiarism issue as I wish to use the content of the thesis exactly as it is.  
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I wish to know if I have the right to transfer the copyright of my thesis to an association that holds a best thesis award in my field? The problem is that my thesis (not yet defended) contains large parts of my published paper which forms two contribution chapters of my thesis out of four (not including the introduction and conclusion). From what I understand, the thesis if awarded will be published as a book by the association in its publications (they demand exclusive publication rights). I...
  • Anonymous
  • Jun 10, 2018
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I recently wrote a paper on algorithm A that I developed. The algorithm is tested, evaluated on a data set, and the paper is published.I developed another algorithm B and the inputs to this algorithm are the outputs from A. I tested algorithm A and B on a completely new data set and now I have the results. I am planning to write a paper and include algorithm A (with proper referencing) and algorithm B and clearly explain how the combined algorithm advances the field.Will my new publication be...
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The results from our case report lead to two outcomes in different fields. It looks difficult to combine those results in one case report, so I am going to report them separately in two different articles. If I submit two separate case reports to journal(s) based on the two different outcomes, would that be regarded as a duplicate submission? In the first place, is it acceptable to report those results separately?
  • Anonymous
  • May 30, 2018
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After finishing my manuscript I realized that as per the journal’s guidelines, I needed to attend a registration code for clinical trials before patient recruitment had begun (in 2016 ).The journal has a requirement that authors have to register the clinical trial presented in the manuscript in a public trial registry and include the trial registration number at the end of the abstract. Since I did not register my study before patient recruitment, what should I do now? Should I send a letter to...
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In recent medical research, not only protocols of clinical trials but also protocols for systematic literature review are published as articles in many cases. If only the protocol papers of systematic review are published and the paper showcasing the results of the research has not yet been published, is it ethical to publish a systematic review on the same subject? 
  • Anonymous
  • May 22, 2018
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My paper has finally been accepted with the comment “okay” after several objection emails. However, when I carefully checked this journal again (http://www.internationalsurgery.org/loi/insu?code=icsu-site), I found that it has been removed from MEDLINE, its Impact Factor has disappeared, and its publication type is limited with “online first only”. And only the draft version is published in the “online first only.” This journal seems to have a long history, but is there a possibility for this...
  • Anonymous
  • May 21, 2018
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I have published some articles and now I'm working on a textbook (not a textbook chapter). Will it be considered self-plagiarism if I use these articles in the textbook? For the figures, I have the permission of the publishers to re-use them. For the text, I don't know what to do. Of course, I will cite the articles but to which extent can I include the content from the articles in the textbook?
  • Anonymous
  • May 9, 2018
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