The ultimate purpose of research is ‘advancement of knowledge’. All other motives should be secondary.
However, that does not seem to be the practice. There are various forms of ‘publication frauds’, one such form
is duplicate/redundant publications. According to Committee On Publication Ethics (COPE), issues related to
authorship and duplicate publication are the most common types of ethical problems. Duplicate publication
occurs when there is partial or complete duplication of data from the same piece of work without proper
declaration. The practice was always there, and is on the rise. This editorial is written with an intention to
increase awareness regarding this important issue.
Keywords: Duplicate publication; Redundant publication; Salami slicing; Overlapping publication; Text recycling;
This is one among a series of editorials related to ethics in publication. The present editorial deals with a key issue of the declaration of conflicts of interest (COI), which all stake holders, especially authors should be aware of. Such issues are now mandatory ethical requirements and not just for name sake. Broadly speaking, COI comes into existence when someone's position may be influenced by his vested interests. World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) says 'journals have a responsibility to raise awareness and educate the research community about COI.'
Keywords: Conflicts of interest; publication ethics, peer-reviewed journals