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Editorial Misconduct—Definition, Cases, and Causes

Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of California-Davis, 1 Shields Ave, Davis, CA 95616, USA
Publications 2014, 2(2), 51-60;
Received: 17 December 2013 / Revised: 25 February 2014 / Accepted: 28 March 2014 / Published: 4 April 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Misconduct in Scientific Publishing)
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Though scientific misconduct perpetrated by authors has received much press, little attention has been given to the role of journal editors. This article discusses cases and types of “editorial misconduct”, in which the action or inaction of editorial agents ended in publication of fraudulent work and/or poor or failed retractions of such works, all of which ultimately harm scientific integrity and the integrity of the journals involved. Rare but existent, editorial misconduct ranges in severity and includes deliberate omission or ignorance of peer review, insufficient guidelines for authors, weak or disingenuous retraction notices, and refusal to retract. The factors responsible for editorial misconduct and the options to address these are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: scientific misconduct; retraction; editors; journals; peer review scientific misconduct; retraction; editors; journals; peer review
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Shelomi, M. Editorial Misconduct—Definition, Cases, and Causes. Publications 2014, 2, 51-60.

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