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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 am a medical clinician. Would it be regarded as a duplicated publication if I use a clinical case accepted as a short communication (I was a first author for it), in another paper as narrative review? I am adding some literature review to the Discussion section of the published short communication in order to exclude differential diseases. As per my understanding for medical clinical papers, it is a natural process that; first, a new disease or knowledge is recognized and then they are...
  • Anonymous
  • Mar 20, 2018
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In PROSPERO, a similar topic is already registered, but its stage has not been updated for "Formal screening of search results against eligibility criteria" for about a year, and we are unable to locate the publication in databases like MEDLINE. In such a situation, can I apply a new protocol to PROSPERO and proceed with the analysis work? Are there any ethical concerns?
  • Anonymous
  • Mar 13, 2018
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‘Academic Hijacking’ - Avoiding dark alleys of academic crime
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Do you know what journal editors want from you? In this post a journal editor talks about how the predatory publishing and academic hijacking are very much like street crime. Read on to know what you should do if your paper is being held hostage by a predatory journal.
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What are the criteria for a publication to be considered a salami publication? I have published a study with a sample group in my country. At the same time, there has been another publication in which this sample group was compared with sample groups from different countries. Will this be marked as a salami publication?
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Please let me know how to reuse the original data in a follow up paper. My paper has been accepted by a journal recently and I am going to submit a follow-up paper to another journal. I used the data for altered expression of two genes in the accepted paper and am planning the next paper showing altered expression of six other genes. Can I use the part of the data of the altered expression of the two genes from the accepted paper in the follow up paper?
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Would distribution of a copy of published paper be considered as an infringement of copyright? When I distribute a copy of a published paper or send a downloaded pdf of a published paper, would this behavior infringe the copyright of the publishers?
  • Anonymous
  • Mar 7, 2018
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It has been four months since I have transitioned from the position of a researcher in  University A to a full-time faculty member at University B.  The professor of  University A asked me to continue our project and write a paper based on the project result.  The corresponding author of this manuscript is this professor of University A and I am the first author. However, this professor insisted that my affiliation should reflect University A and not University B. The professor suggested  I...
  • Anonymous
  • Feb 27, 2018
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The role of regulatory bodies governing animal research
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Before using animals for an experiment, you need to get approvals from relevant regulatory bodies and ethics boards. These bodies help ensure that animals used in research are handled ethically with respect and care. This article explains how federal and local or institutional animal research regulatory bodies function. Knowing this will help you prepare for your research on animals. 
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I was invited to submit my article to a new journal. Since my article had been rejected by a number of journals earlier, I submitted my paper to this journal. My paper was subsequently published. Before publication, there was no agreement about publication fee. After the publication, I checked the journal website and found the publication fee is mentioned as US$1800. I assumed that I need not pay it, since I was invited and I got no request for payment. But 6 months later, I got an invoice for...
  • Anonymous
  • Feb 14, 2018
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Can a faculty member include his name on the student research published online because the former funded the paper publication? As the Research Head, part of my function is to check and receive papers written by the students at the end of every semester. I review them and select those that are publishable. I never include my name in the papers for publication because I feel it unethical. But some researchers allow other faculty members to write their names on the published papers because the...

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