Research and publication ethics

Section edited by Stephanie Harriman and Maria Kowalczuk.

This Section considers manuscripts on all aspects of research and publication ethics, including, but not limited to, the ethics of research designs, ethical approval, consent, authorship and contributorship, competing interests and all forms of research and publication misconduct on the part of authors, reviewers and editors. The Section also welcomes manuscripts focused on the effects of academic reward systems on publication behaviour, journal funding and income sources, and relations between editors and publishers and editorial freedom.

  1. Research

    Ranking major and minor research misbehaviors: results from a survey among participants of four World Conferences on Research Integrity

    Codes of conduct mainly focus on research misconduct that takes the form of fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism. However, at the aggregate level, lesser forms of research misbehavior may be more importa...

    Lex M. Bouter, Joeri Tijdink, Nils Axelsen, Brian C. Martinson and Gerben ter Riet

    Research Integrity and Peer Review 2016 1:17

    Published on: 21 November 2016

  2. Research

    Plagiarism in submitted manuscripts: incidence, characteristics and optimization of screening—case study in a major specialty medical journal

    Plagiarism is common and threatens the integrity of the scientific literature. However, its detection is time consuming and difficult, presenting challenges to editors and publishers who are entrusted with ens...

    Janet R. Higgins, Feng-Chang Lin and James P. Evans

    Research Integrity and Peer Review 2016 1:13

    Published on: 10 October 2016

  3. Research

    Propagation of errors in citation networks: a study involving the entire citation network of a widely cited paper published in, and later retracted from, the journal Nature

    In about one in 10,000 cases, a published article is retracted. This very often means that the results it reports are flawed. Several authors have voiced concerns about the presence of retracted research in th...

    Paul E. van der Vet and Harm Nijveen

    Research Integrity and Peer Review 2016 1:3

    Published on: 3 May 2016

  4. Review

    Conflict of interest disclosure in biomedical research: a review of current practices, biases, and the role of public registries in improving transparency

    Conflicts of interest held by researchers remain a focus of attention in clinical research. Biases related to these relationships have the potential to directly impact the quality of healthcare by influencing ...

    Adam G. Dunn, Enrico Coiera, Kenneth D. Mandl and Florence T. Bourgeois

    Research Integrity and Peer Review 2016 1:1

    Published on: 3 May 2016