Welcome to the second issue of Elsevier Reviewers' Update. Our objective is to provide the reviewer community with relevant information on developments in peer review, the Elsevier submission & peer review system and other ways we support reviewers in their important task to safeguard the scientific quality of journals.
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A Question of Ethics: plagiarism and ethical infringement in publishing
“The last week was my most terrible one as an Editor-in-Chief”, a recent email read. “I had to reject four newly submitted papers because of blatant self-plagiarizing (in one case almost a whole paper, substituting copper for zinc)…". The vast majority of papers published raise no ethical concerns. But when it a case like this arises, it can be time consuming and frustrating.
Reviewers may not always agree, but that's not necessarily a bad thing…
Unanimous agreement among reviewers may make for a fairly easy decision for editors and give authors an unambiguous indication as to the quality and relevance of their work, but what happens when reviewers disagree?
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Making sense out of science
One of the more positive results to come out of The Publishing Consortium’s investigation into attitudes to the peer-review system is the fact that most academics appreciate its role as a quality-control filter.