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Publications 2018, 6(1), 1; https://doi.org/10.3390/publications6010001

Advancing Scientific Knowledge: Ethical Issues in the Journal Publication Process

The Ben Dyer Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-3021, USA
Received: 7 December 2017 / Revised: 22 December 2017 / Accepted: 26 December 2017 / Published: 31 December 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Scientific Ethics)
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The goal of this paper is to assess the journal publication process from value and ethical perspectives. The specific objectives are: (1) To define fundamental values relevant to scientific journal publication; (2) To identify stakeholders involved in professional journals and their value rights and responsibilities; (3) To discuss the steps of the journal publication process where ethical dilemmas arise and the potential influences of such dilemmas on the advancement of knowledge; and (4) To summarize actions that can minimize unethical practices throughout the steps of the publication process. Values such as honesty, efficiency, accountability, and fairness will be discussed. Issues related to the various stakeholders such as self-citation, plagiarism, dual publication, a lack of timeliness, and issues related to authorship will be a primary focus. View Full-Text
Keywords: rationalization; codes of conduct; values; journal review; responsibility; publishing rationalization; codes of conduct; values; journal review; responsibility; publishing
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).
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