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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.
Peer review rigging: Should authors be allowed to suggest peer reviewers?
The pressure to publish has led some authors to exploit the peer review system and indulge in peer review rigging. These scandals have prompted discussions among experts about a significant issue: Should authors be allowed to suggest potential peer reviewers?
This 3-minute video provides basic guidelines on your duties as a responsible and ethical researcher. Watch the video to know what you can do to ensure that your paper is not retracted, and in case of collaborative studies and multi-author papers, how you can facilitate ethical research practices within your team.This is the third and final segment of a 3-part video lecture on Guidelines on publishing research papers ethically by Ravi Murugesan, Publication Consultant and Trainer, Editage.
This 4-minute video is a detailed tutorial on retractions that are a result of ethical violations. Watch this video to learn:What the term "retraction" meansWhen a paper is retractedHow retraction notices are presented on a journal's websiteWhat the implications of a retraction areHow it affects a researcher's careerThis is the second of a 3-part video lecture on Guidelines on publishing research papers ethically by Ravi Murugesan, Publication Consultant and Trainer, Editage.
Who can qualify to be the lead author of a paper? Who can be a co-author? What do these terms exactly refer to?
  • Anonymous
  • Dec 12, 2014
This 3-minute video discusses 5 practices, often indulged in by authors, that are considered unethical in scientific research. These common practices, irrespective of whether they are intended or unintentional, could lead to a breach of ethics. Watch the video for detailed guidance. This is the first of a 3-part video lecture on Guidelines on publishing research papers ethically by Ravi Murugesan, Publication Consultant and Trainer, Editage.
Misconduct or unethical practice by peer reviewer
Peer reviewers are supposed to be the gatekeepers of science, but unfortunately, sometimes peer reviewers are also guilty of misconduct. This case study tracks an ethical breach by a peer reviewer and summarizes the rules laid down by the Committee of Publication Ethics regarding the ethical standards and boundaries that reviewers are expected to uphold in peer review.  
I have submitted a paper to a journal, but I am worried the long review process will affect my graduation. I plan to write another paper in Chinese. Both the papers use the same model and similar methods. But one focuses on application of the result, while the other focuses on the method and its improvement. Is this duplicate submission?
  • Anonymous
  • Nov 18, 2014
My paper has been published for over six months. Recently, an expert in my field questioned my results. I realized that there was a condition set wrong which might lead to completely wrong results. What should I do now?
  • Anonymous
  • Oct 29, 2014
I submitted a paper to a journal and it is very likely to be published. This paper includes a lot of experiment data and content: if I break them up, I can write 3 papers. However, I have not provided a detailed explanation and introduction in my submitted paper. I plan to take out one part of the paper and provide more details and analyze a part of the theory which is not presented in the previous paper. If I prepare this paper and submit, will this be considered a duplicate submission?
  • Anonymous
  • Aug 28, 2014
In research involving human subjects, protection of the identity of enrolled patients is of utmost importance. Figures should not disclose the identity of enrolled subjects.
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 to conceal the identity in pictures showing the affected area. How can the identity of the patient be protected in such cases? Read on to find out.