The aim of this paper is to lay out some of the more complex issues arising in the area of publication ethics. The impact of electronic publishing and electronic information is a main focus of the paper.
The paper draws in particular upon the work of the Committee on Publication Ethics including illustrative cases discussed at the forum, guidelines and discussion documents.
Three areas are highlighted to stimulate discussion around challenges of publication ethics in the digital era. These are the role of the internet in facilitating misconduct, the issue of confidentiality in publishing and how incentives in research assessments drive author behavior.
The paper brings together a variety of issues discussed under the broader umbrella of electronic information and new technologies in publishing.
The COPE cases included in this review are reproduced here with permission from COPE and were adapted for readability. All cases are freely accessible at www.publicationethics.org
Conflicts of interest declaration: Mirjam J. Curno is a council member of the Committee on Publication Ethics and a full-time member of staff at the publisher Frontiers. This review was written on invitation by the journal.
Funding declaration: No funding was used for this work.
Author contribution statement: Mirjam J. Curno wrote the article and approved the final version.
Curno, M.J. (2016), "Challenges to ethical publishing in the digital era", Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, Vol. 14 No. 1, pp. 4-15. https://doi.org/10.1108/JICES-08-2015-0026Download as .RIS
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