Publication Ethics: Awareness & Knowledge among Medical Faculties
Keywords:publication ethics, awareness, medical faculties, scientific misconduct
Publication ethics is related with ethical aspects of publication of scientific data to ensure high quality
scientific publication in the current era of evidence-based medicine. Violation of publication ethics also
known as scientific misconduct may be committed by researchers knowingly and unknowingly due to various
reasons. Present study inducted 130 medical faculties from a medical college providing self-administered
questionnaire regarding awareness about publication ethics using Google forms. Among those 94 faculties
responded and 75% of the faculties were in favor of gift authorship and did not perceive it as a misconduct.
83% of the faculties were aware that violation of publication ethics would affect career of all the involved
authors. Almost 56% believed that falsification or fabrication of data is acceptable and 58% faculties felt it
acceptable to split the results of a study and publish it separately. Considering the lack of awareness among
medical faculties scientific misconduct, it is recommended that a formal educational session of publication
ethics is necessary
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