Protecting good science: upholding publishing ethics
An Elsevier expert publishes her perspective on ethics in Retraction Watch
By Tom Reller Posted on 19 December 2012
As a large publisher, Elsevier is frequently mentioned in Retraction Watch, a blog focused on “how tracking retractions provides a window into the scientific process.” I’ve written previously about how they are providing an important service for the scholarly community. [caption id="attachment_16382" align="alignright" width="135"] Linda Lavelle, Elsevier General Counsel[/caption] [pullquote align="right"]It’s a shame when scientists decide to cut ethical corners. It’s a tragedy when scientists run afoul by accident, inadvertence or lack of knowledge. — Linda Lavelle[/pullquote]
At Elsevier, we take publishing ethics very seriously and have a number of programs to help authors and editors understand what is and isn’t acceptable behavior in scientific publishing. We asked Linda Lavelle, an Elsevier general counsel and top ethics expert, if she would write a story about her perspective on plagiarism and other unethical behavior. And we asked RetractionWatch if they would publish it as a guest article on their site, which they did today.
In “Protecting Good Science: Upholding Publishing Ethics," Linda speaks to how “it’s a shame when scientists decide to cut ethical corners. It’s a tragedy when scientists run afoul by accident, inadvertence or lack of knowledge.”
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