Research Misconduct Policies of High Impact Biomedical Journals***

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Several national and international organizations have recommended policies regarding journal responsibilities about research misconduct in submitted or published manuscripts. A search of Web sites of the fifty highest impact journals in a cluster of biomedical fields and a limited survey of their editors shows that few journals have formally adopted standards for dealing with questions of research misconduct. Publicly available policies may have a deterrent effect and can prevent arbitrariness in handling cases.

Keywords: allegations; journal; manuscripts; misconduct; policies; research

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Wayne State University, College of Nursing, Detroit, MI, USA 2: Department of Medical Ethics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Publication date: July 1, 2006

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