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How Should Journal Editors Respond to Cases of Suspected Misconduct?

    Author: Elizabeth Wager1
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    Affiliations: 1: Publications Consultant, Sideview, Princes Risborough HP27 9DE, UK
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    • Published 15 December 2014
    • Corresponding author. Mailing address: Sideview, 19 Station Road, Princes Risborough HP27 9DE, UK. Phone: +44-1844-275814. E-mail: liz@sideview.demon.co.uk.
    • ©2014 Author(s). Published by the American Society for Microbiology.
    Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. December 2014 vol. 15 no. 2 146-150. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v15i2.829
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    Abstract:

    Journals and institutions have important complementary roles to play in cases of suspected research and publication misconduct. Journals should take responsibility for everything they publish and should alert institutions to cases of possible serious misconduct but should not attempt to investigate such cases. Institutions should take responsibility for their researchers and for investigating cases of possible misconduct and for ensuring journals are informed if they have published unreliable or misleading articles so that these can be retracted or corrected. Journals and institutions should have policies in place for handling such cases and these policies should respect their different roles.

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3. Wager E 2011 Coping with scientific misconduct BMJ 343 d6586 10.1136/bmj.d6586 22016451 http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d6586
4. Wager E 2014 Defining and responding to plagiarism Learned Publishing 27 33 42 10.1087/20140105 http://dx.doi.org/10.1087/20140105
5. Wager E, Kleinert S 2012 Cooperation between research institutions and journals on research integrity cases: guidance from the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Maturitas 72 165 169 (also available at www.publicationethics.org). 10.1016/j.maturitas.2012.03.011 22541357 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.maturitas.2012.03.011
6. Wager E, Williams P 2013 Exploring why and how journal editors retract articles: findings from a qualitative study Sci Eng Ethics 19 1 11 10.1007/s11948-011-9292-0 http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11948-011-9292-0
7. Wager E, Kleinert S Cooperation between journals, research institutions and funders over research and publication integrity cases: defining the challenges Steneck NH, Anderson MS, Kleinert S, Mayer T Integrity in the Global Research Arena World Scientific Press Singapore 2014/15 in press
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Abstract:

Journals and institutions have important complementary roles to play in cases of suspected research and publication misconduct. Journals should take responsibility for everything they publish and should alert institutions to cases of possible serious misconduct but should not attempt to investigate such cases. Institutions should take responsibility for their researchers and for investigating cases of possible misconduct and for ensuring journals are informed if they have published unreliable or misleading articles so that these can be retracted or corrected. Journals and institutions should have policies in place for handling such cases and these policies should respect their different roles.

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