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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 have asked 5 co-authors to review a manuscript, and one of them requested to receive the manuscript at the very end after other 4 co-authors finished reviewing. Upon discussing with other 4 co-authors, I did as required by the above co-author. Then he/she spent more than 2 months for review and suggested to remove a part of Discussion section. (The reason is that the data of the inflammatory effects on a compound is from only animal experiments, instead of clinical trial.) I want to decline...
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I have registered an abstract at a conference and also submitted a paper to a journal. The contents of the abstract and the paper are not wholly but partly duplicated. I was thinking that my paper would not be accepted since both the conference and the journal are at top level, but I was requested by the journal to revise the paper twice with the comments that my paper would suit to its sister journal. At the same time the conference accepted my abstract. I am thinking if I should withdraw my...
  • Anonymous
  • Sep 25, 2017
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I’m going to submit the manuscript which is on an area close to my previously published paper. The Methods section and research question are different, but some sentences in the Introduction etc. are the same with the published paper. Is this considered to be a problem?
  • Anonymous
  • Sep 25, 2017
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I have published a case report before, and I want to publish its subsequent treatment now. Could such matter regarded as a duplicate publication? Is there any way to take care of in this second publication?
  • Anonymous
  • Sep 25, 2017
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In the Conflict of Interest section, should I need to mention the research projects that I'm involved in while I'm receiving my research allowances, even if I am not leading the research?  I am a student doing research but I wonder whether I should be putting all my ongoing researches in the section of Conflict of Interest. As all these studies are led  by my Chief Professor, he is already including them in his conflicts of interest section. Do I also have to add mine even if they are the same...
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Peer review rigging—a growing concern for the scientific publishing system—has led journals to retract several hundereds of papers. Apart from discussions on whether authors should be allowed to suggest potential peer reviewers, experts have highlighted the need for a set of guidelines to resolve the issue of peer review rigging. How can journal editors identify whether an author is trying to manipulate their peer review system? Do journals follow commonly accepted best practices? Read this...
The need for transparency in peer review: A case study
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When a peer reviewer receives an invitation to review, they are expected to disclose potential conflicts of interest. But some reviewers fail to be transparent and misuse the system to serve their own selfish purposes. Read on to find out more.
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Can I present my unpublished research at more than one conference (both domestic and international)? I have found that the same contents are presented several times at the different conferences in similar fields. Is there any rule to be followed?
  • Anonymous
  • Sep 7, 2017
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I am a resident at a university hospital and am in the middle of preparing a manuscript for my future career. My professor is busy with his work and has been entrusted with this role while he is on a short-term deputation at my hospital. Thus I am not sure whether he will be reachable on the insitutional email address for long. Not only that, although he laid out the plan roughly, I am the one who did all the research. The thing I am concerned about is I might miss out some of the crucial...
  • Anonymous
  • Sep 1, 2017
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I have submitted a manuscript to a journal and received the comment from EiC that designates some articles to be included as a reference. (All the articles are from the journal to which I have submitted the manuscript). The designated articles seem to be less relevant to my research. Should I include all or some of them into my manuscript as references? Also, is this a common case?
  • Anonymous
  • Aug 24, 2017
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