ETHICS OF PUBLISHING PROFESSIONAL-SCIENTIFIC ARTICLES

Vladimir Trajkovski

Abstract


In the world of scientific publication, morals are not completely
different than in daily life. There are cases of clear research misconduct.
If misconduct occurs, it creates a disruption, not only for the scientific
community and their institutions, but for all individuals involved.
Journals aspire to select, through peer review,the highest quality science,
and their reputations depend on the trust of readers, authors, researchers,
and reviewers. This paper analyzes the major categories of
ethical violations encountered during submission, review, and publication
of scientific articles.
The process of peer reviewing of the journals rely on expert
and objective review by knowledgeable researchers to ensure the quality
of the papers they publish. The review of manuscripts for peer reviewed
journals raises many ethical issues and problems. The recommendations
of the reviewers make concerning publication and the advice
they give to authors set the scientific standards of the discipline.
Understanding that some apparent ethical contraventions are the result
of confusion or a lack of knowledge, some journals are assuming the
responsibility of educating their community about ethical issues in publishing.
The goal of this article is to make the guiding ethical principles
accessible to all of our readers and contributors.
By increasing education and awareness of ethical matters relevant
to scientific investigation and publication, deviations from appropriate
conduct will be reduced. In the future, authors can anticipate
that their submissions will be required to meet an expanding array of
ethical standards.


Key words: ETHICS, PROFESSIONAL, SCIENTIFIC, PUBLICATIONS,
EDITORS


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