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Journals are not doing enough to protect themselves from fraud

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 16 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:628
  1. Michael Day
  1. London

    Research journals are still doing too little to protect themselves and their readers from the burgeoning incidence of scientific fraud, a poll of editors has found. Despite a spate of high profile misconduct cases in recent years, editors and their publishers “seem to have taken few practical steps to try and minimise the risk,” says a report by the London based Committee on Publication Ethics.

    According to the committee's poll, in which 118 out of 346 journal editors responded:

    Almost two thirds of journals had no declared policies on pursuing research misconduct

    Six out of 10 had no declared complaints procedure

    Half had no published …

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