Ethical Editor

(Re)Introducing Ethical Editor

Abstract

Ensuring that the publication of manuscripts in the sciences meets the highest ethical standards is paramount in upholding the tenants of scholarly publishing. Ethical standards help to ensure that published research is reliable, reproducible, and conducted without any conflict of interest. Recent media stories have brought to light instances where the highest ethical standards were not maintained.1,2 While advances in forensic tools (such as plagiarism detection software), an environment of growing awareness, and stronger book and journal ethics policies have been helpful in catching some violations prior to publication, it remains imperative that editors and editorial offices have resources to consult in order to help them navigate these often complicated issues in a fair and consistent manner. The CSE Editorial Policy Committee (EPC) serves as a resource regarding editorial and publishing policies as they apply to publications in the sciences. The EPC meets monthly and studies and analyzes procedural, ethical, legal, and economic policies and recommends policies and/or guidelines that relate to the editing, review, and publication of manuscripts in books and journals in the sciences. The EPC may also suggest policies to the CSE Board of Directors that affect CSE’s own publications. Policy guidelines developed by the EPC are presented to the CSE membership via many vehicles including the White Paper on Promoting Integrity in Scientific Journal Publications, online resources including a retraction resource and sample correspondence for editorial offices managing ethical issues, publication in Science Editor, and presentation at CSE annual meetings. After appropriate revision in consultation with […]

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