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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 scams: Should authors be allowed to suggest peer reviewers? (2)
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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Can I present my unpublished research at more than one conference (both domestic and international)?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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I was invited by a journal to be an editor. When I asked how they did found me, they replied that they found my homepage, and that they are a company located in India. I registered as I thought it is an honor to be an editorial board member. The journal's name is “Journal of Comprehensive Nursing Research and Care” which is a bit vague. I was asked by them to cooperate and to submit a paper within 1 month. I read an article on Editage Insights about predatory journals, and now I doubt that they...
  • Anonymous
  • Aug 10, 2017
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Researcher A collected (under the PI Researcher B and funded by two universities' research centers X and Y) insect samples by herself and other members 10 years ago and preserved in them formaldehyde. 10 years later, Researcher A provided to post doc Researcher C only the samples (not any data) to work on it. Researcher C get interesting results but Researcher A and PI B refuse (conflict of interest or any other personal reasons) to give any authorization or any approval to allow Researcher C...
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Is International Journal of Biological and Chemical Sciences a predatory journal?  
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Is it true that the author's profile, specifically the corresponding author's profile makes an impact on the article acceptance or on the editorial board? How much the name of the institute contribute to this? Some journals want to increase their citations by asking author to cite articles from the same journal, but how much does citing an article froma  higher impact factor journal affect the article acceptance?
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  • Jul 24, 2017
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I recently received an invoice (surprise, shock?!) from Austin Publishing group along with the final manuscript proof email. I replied in a few minutes that I cannot afford the amount as it was way too expensive and would prefer alternate options or even withdraw my submission. They replied that it is already published and I have to pay the charges (it was only the proof correction stage). Then they did not reply to my email for a week and published it. I called them multiple times and left...
  • Anonymous
  • Jul 10, 2017
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