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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 35  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 187
 

Publication ethics and etiquette: The golden commandments!


Vice Dean, Professor and Head, Sharad Pawar Dental College, Sawangi (M), Wardha - 442 001, Maharashtra, India

Date of Web Publication31-Jul-2017

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Sudhindra Baliga
Vice Dean, Professor and Head, Sharad Pawar Dental College, Sawangi (M), Wardha - 442 001, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/JISPPD.JISPPD_216_17

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Baliga S. Publication ethics and etiquette: The golden commandments!. J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent [serial online] 2017 [cited 2017 Dec 18];35:187. Available from: http://www.jisppd.com/text.asp?2017/35/3/187/211846













In recent times, ethical issues related to publishing have remained rather elusive. Authors, editors, and publishers all have ethical onuses for publication of research. When we talk about ethics, it usually conveys a set of rules distinguishing among right and wrong or a code of professional conduct.

Ethics and ethical rules are so pervasive that they are regarded as ordinary common sense. Yet, the field of research and publishing reveals so many ethical disputes and issues. Integrity in research publication has become a major issue of debate over the past years. Among the cases seen each year by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the worst are about fraud, plagiarism, redundant publication, and undeclared conflicts of interest, but by far the most numerous are about disputes between authors.

From a journal's point of view, ethical misconduct and plagiarism are almost always considered to be intentional, willful, and premeditated. The scientific community has made considerable progress in detecting this misconduct in recent years as a result of the deployment of computer software. However, plagiarism of ideas is difficult to prove than plagiarism of text.

JISPPD follows the guidelines of publishing ethics as per COPE. We value the importance of academic precision and peer-review process in ensuring sound ethical conduct of research. Education in research ethics for author(s), the journal editor, the peer reviewers, and the publishers would surely help researchers grapple with the ethical dilemmas they are likely to encounter. There are various forms of unethical practices that authors resort to, sometimes intentionally, and occasionally by accident. Being aware of publication ethics will help consciously avoid such misconduct and perform honest ethical research and pursue publications.

The ethical commandments include an umbrella of terms from honesty to responsibility including:

  1. Human subjects protection
  2. Objectivity and integrity
  3. Respect for intellectual property
  4. Confidentiality
  5. Responsible mentoring
  6. Nondiscrimination
  7. Competence
  8. Social responsibility.


Truly, the burden is on all researchers to increase education and cognizance of ethical issues concerning scientific publications. Precisely, as with Dharma starts the great work Bhagavad Gita; ethical conduct (dharma) is truly the need of the hour in academic publishing.

“Satyameva jayate nanritam”




 

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