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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 found a small error in my published paper. I might have missed it while proofreading. Should I inform the journal? I wish to correct the error as I am afraid it may mislead readers. But it's been nine months since my paper has been published. Will this have a negative impact on my future publications?
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  • Jul 18, 2014
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My paper has been accepted by a journal and is published online. However, a problem has cropped up after the paper’s publication. I added the name of a journal editor in the acknowledgements section of my paper. I had sent my paper to this journal earlier and it was rejected, but the journal editor had given very good comments that helped me improve my paper. Additionally, I had asked him some questions and he had given me very good solutions. Later I revised the paper and sent it to another...
  • Anonymous
  • Jul 18, 2014
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Stolen identities? What authors can learn from the case of SAGE's mass retraction
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Highlights the case of a "reviewing ring" that eventually led to as many as 60 papers being retracted and offers a few tips on being alert to the possible misuse of a scientist's name.
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This case study is a clear example of how authors who do not have sufficient understanding of authorship criteria are willing to make somebody a co-author on their paper in exchange of any help or favor that they receive. Many authors do not understand publication ethics, and this lack of understanding, coupled with the absence of a set of clear and universally accepted guidelines on authorship criteria, make malpractices such as guest authorship, honorary authorship, and ghost authorship...
Informed consent of enrolled human subjects is mandatory for clinical trials involving human subjects.
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Case: The study proposed a new wound healing technique and involved needle puncture on patients from two medical centers. It was mentioned in the paper that an institutional ethical review board has given ethical approval for the study. 
Using the whole or parts of one's own previously published work in a new study is considered as self-plagiarism and is unethical.
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Using content from one's own previously published work in a new study without citing the original work is considered as self-plagiarism. However, some authors are unaware that this is an unethical practice. This case study explores one such case of unintended self-plagiarism where the author uses portions of a study previously published in a regional journal.
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I submitted a paper to JSS one month ago and it got rejected. The editor suggested revision and re-submission. However, the reviewer questions were too difficult to answer, so I revised my paper and submitted it to PCA. I got a reply from the Chief Editor today saying that this is a case of duplicate submission. I am very confused.
  • Anonymous
  • May 8, 2014
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Authorship for sale?
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Money is believed to buy everything—including authorship in journals covered by SCI, the Science Citation
Is peer review really effective? The case of 120 withdrawn papers
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Peer review is perceived as one of the mainstays of scientific publishing. Papers that undergo the peer review process are held in high esteem since the quality of research is scrutinized
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What is salami slicing?It refers to the practice of partitioning a large study that could have been reported in a single research article into smaller published articles. In other words, it means breaking up a single research paper into their “least publishable units,” with each paper reporting different findings from the same study. A set of papers are referred to as salami publications when more than one paper covers the same population, methods, and research question.

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