Special Issue "Scientific Ethics"
A special issue of Publications (ISSN 2304-6775).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2017)
Dr. Svetla Baykoucheva
UMD Libraries/STEM Library, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, USA
Interests: scientific information, chemical information, science information literacy, scientific writing, scientific publishing, academic impact, scientific ethics
New digital technologies have facilitated a rapid increase in the number of papers submitted to scientific journals. With the tremendous pressure on researchers to publish in reputable journals, scholarly publishers have seen a dramatic increase in the number of ethics issues. In the last 10 years, many reputable journals have had to retract articles due to the fabrication of data or other unethical behaviors by authors. Although it is becoming increasingly easy to detect such problems with new technologies, it is sometimes difficult to resolve some of the more complex situations. Publishers are revising their publication processes and undertaking additional measures to prevent such cases before publication. Papers submitted to journals are now screened for conflict of interest, plagiarism, image manipulation, and other potential issues. Scientific misconduct comes in many different shades and is sometimes difficult to detect. The most common problems are plagiarism, fabrication or falsification of data, unethical research, duplicate publication, reviewer misconduct, and authorship. Students and researchers should be educated about what constitutes unethical behavior and should be made aware of the consequences for their careers if they are caught in unethical behaviors. The scope of this Special Issue will be broad, and will include any topics related to scientific misconduct and how to prevent unethical behavior from happening.
Manuscript Submission Information
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- scientific publishing
- scientific fraud
- article retraction
- scientific ethics