Articles tagged with: Ethics

August 15, 2017 | Dr Till Bruckner Campaigns Manager, Sense about Science

Clinical trial registration and reporting

How the AllTrials campaign is turning good intentions into positive results


Around half of all clinical trials that have been carried out on medicines we use today have never published results. That means that researchers are missing opportunities to explore new areas of research and doctors don’t have access to information they need to be sure they are making the best choices for patients.…

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April 3, 2017 | Victoria Farrimond Journals Development Coordinator

Join us for this year’s COPE European Seminar


Editors are invited to attend COPE’s European Seminar in London on Thursday 25th May 2017. This year’s event focuses on the changing face of research and publication ethics, looking at where COPE is today and the challenges it faces in the future.
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February 8, 2016 | Sarah Robbie, Publishing Manager

Tips for handling a publishing ethics case


As an editor of a journal, it’s an unfortunate fact of life that at some point you will likely have to deal with a case of suspected ethical misconduct. These tips will help guide you through the process of handling such cases.
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February 2, 2016 | Luke Peedell, Peer Review Coordinator

Ethical considerations when assigning independent reviewers


As a fundamental step of the peer review process, it is essential for editors to select appropriate reviewers for each manuscript. Ideally, chosen reviewers will be experts in their field and have significant area-specific knowledge on the manuscript’s topic, but why do editors also need to consider the ethics behind their choice of reviewer?
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December 10, 2015 | Professor Jacqueline Stevenson Head of Research, Sheffield Institute of Education, Sheffield Hallam University

The importance of training in peer review


I have been peer-reviewing academic papers for journals for more than a decade. I pride myself on being a reliable and supportive reviewer: I take time to read and make notes on any paper I am reviewing and then write a review which will, I hope, be comprehensive enough to offer the author requisite advice.…

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November 30, 2015 | Elaine Devine Communications Manager

Ethics in peer review – the reality for researchers


Ethical issues in peer review, whether gender bias, competitor delays, seniority bias, false identities, review ‘rings’, or a number of other issues, have gained much coverage in the media, on social media and on blog sites in the last twelve months. But are ethical issues in peer review as widespread as they seem? We asked researchers from across the sciences, social sciences, humanities and medicine, who had experience of publishing in a number of peer reviewed journals (with both Taylor & Francis and other publishers), to tell us about their perception of the prevalence of ethical issues in peer review.
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November 12, 2015 | Suzannah Downie Peer Review Coordinator

Data falsification and fabrication


How do you proceed when the integrity of the data in a paper has been questioned? Read on to find out more about data falsification and fabrication, including what to do if allegations are received.
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October 13, 2015 | Lucy Francis Peer Review Coordinator

Plagiarism and dual submission


As a journal editor, you may have experienced cases where unattributed text overlap has been identified in a paper submitted to your journal, requiring you to take action. You may have been fortunate enough not to have experienced such a situation, but are concerned that, sooner or later, you will. So, what should you do if this does happen?
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October 1, 2015 | Sarah Robbie, Peer Review Manager

Publishing ethics and the role of the editor


Publishing ethics and ethics misconduct are something that journal editors certainly hear a lot about, whether through direct experience in dealing with misconduct on their journals, or through reading about them more and more in the media. But why are ethics important? And what is the role of the editor in ethics? Find out in this post.
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May 6, 2015 | Lucy Francis External Peer Review Supervisor

What to do when there is an ethical issue


Inspired by frequently asked questions from editors, our dedicated EES (Electronic Editorial Systems) team share their top tips on getting the best out of your peer review management system. In this post, what do you do if you suspect, or are notified of, a potential ethical issue regarding a manuscript in peer review? Read on.
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February 11, 2015 | James Hardcastle Research Manager

Citations, self-citations, and citation stacking


We have covered the diverse range of citation metrics in previous posts and although their number continues to grow, the Impact Factor is still the most important. Despite increasing concerns about how the Impact Factor is being used, far beyond its main purpose to evaluate citation profiles of journals, it is a key metric on which authors choose journals and often editors want to ensure theirs is as high as possible.
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August 6, 2014 | Leila Jones Publishing Manager - Journal Development

What is peer review?


Peer review, also known as refereeing, is a collaborative process that allows manuscripts submitted to a journal to be evaluated and commented upon by independent experts within the same field of research. Find out more about the system and its benefits.
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August 4, 2014 | Rebecca Bryson, Publishing Editor

COPE Asia-Pacific Seminar

Publication Ethics: From Student to Professional


COPE held its third Asia-Pacific Seminar in Melbourne on June 23, 2014 on the theme “Publication ethics from student to professional,” encompassing the issues faced at different research career points.
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August 1, 2014 | Lynsey Haire, Head of Electronic Editorial Systems

Peer review “match-fixing” & author-suggested reviewers


If you regularly commission peer reviews from referees suggested by authors, then beware the unscrupulous academic who is “match-fixing” the review of their paper. Safeguard the integrity of your peer-review process with these quick and simple checks.
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July 31, 2014 | Lynn Degele Editorial Systems Co-Ordinator

Verifying the reviewer’s credentials in the field


Some journals allow authors to suggest preferred reviewers at submission stage. As recent events in the industry have shown, it is essential to verify the authenticity of these reviewers before deciding whether to contact them to review. This article illustrates how you can check each person named in the Preferred Reviewers section of the ScholarOne Manuscripts submission form to reduce the likelihood of system gaming and unethical conduct.
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July 11, 2014 | Elena Chirciu, External Peer Review Supervisor Lynn Degele Editorial Systems Co-Ordinator

Checking co-author information

Nip time-consuming authorship disputes in the bud


Unethical authorship practices have become increasingly common in academia in recent years. Inappropriate listing of someone as a co-author may be due to a misunderstanding over what constitutes a contribution worthy of an authorship credit as opposed to an acknowledgment; however the existence of unscrupulous practices such as “gift authorship” raises serious concerns for journal editors.
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April 22, 2014 | Sarah Robbie, Peer Review Manager, and Anna Walton, Peer Review Coordinator

2014 COPE European Seminar


Sarah Robbie and Anna Walton, from our Electronic Editorial Systems team, attended the 2014 COPE European Seminar in Brussels in March. This was the first time the European Seminar had been held outside London and was the biggest European Seminar to date, well attended by publishers, editors, and other industry partners.
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January 24, 2014 | Rebecca Bryson, Publishing Editor

Australian COPE Forum 2013


Rebecca Bryson, Publishing Editor in our Melbourne office, attended the Australia COPE Forum in November 2013 where the acceptability of recycled review articles was discussed in addition to dealing with suspected breaches of proper reviewer behavior.
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June 27, 2013 |

Crossref Similarity Check


Crossref Similarity Check, powered by iThenticate, is an initiative designed to help publishers actively engage in efforts to prevent scholarly misconduct, and specifically unattributed copying of previously published work. Crossref Similarity Check has a continually expanding database of current and archival scholarly literature allowing in-system access to the relevant full-text literature to screen manuscripts against.…

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June 26, 2013 | Helen Talbot, Editorial Systems Coordinator

Publishing ethics


Taylor & Francis is committed to peer review integrity and upholding the highest standards of review in our journals. To help us maintain these high standards, we provide guidelines for ethical publishing for authors, reviewers, and journal editors.
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June 26, 2013 |

Legal guidance for journal editors


Legal issues in scholarly publishing often concern allegations of libel and plagiarism, accusations of ethical misconduct or copyright infringement, and disputes about authorship. It is never advisable to engage in any correspondence or debate with a complainant yourself. If you receive a complaint or have any concerns regarding a published or submitted article in any of these respects, please contact us immediately, so that we can address and resolve the issue, seeking counsel’s guidance when appropriate, and thereby assuring the integrity of your journal is preserved.…

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