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26 Med. & L. 545 (2007)
Role of Editors and Journals in Detecting and Preventing Scientific Misconduct: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats

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Med Law (2007) 26:545-566                                  Medicine
                                                             and Law
                                                          CYOZMOT 2007

Dealing with Scientific Misconduct in the Future

Ana Marusic,* Vedran Katavic,* Matko Marusic*

      Abstract: Scientific journals have a central place in protecting research
      integrity because published articles are the most visible documentation
      of research. We used SWOT analysis to audit (S)trengths and
      (W)eaknesses as internal and (O)pportunities and (T)hreats as external
      factors affecting journals' responsibility in addressing research integrity
      issues. Strengths include editorial independence, authority and expertise,
      power to formulate editorial policies, and responsibility for the integrity
      of published records. Weaknesses stem from having no mandate for
      legal action, reluctance to get involved, and lack of training. Opportunities
      for editors are new technologies for detecting misconduct, policies by
      editorial organization or national institutions, and greater transparency of
      published research. Editors face threats from the lack of legal regulation
      and culture of research integrity in academic communities, lack of support
      from stakeholders in scientific publishing, and different pressures. Journal
      editors cannot be the policing force of the scientific community but they
      should actively ensure the integrity of the scientific record.

      Keywords: Editors; journals; research integrity; scientific misconduct;
      SWOT analysis

Trust but verify.
Damon Runyon,
American journalist

Ideally, the whole enterprise of scientific research is based on trust: the public
trusts science and scientists because of their contribution to humanity, scientists

* Croatian Medical Journal, Zagreb University School of Medicine, Croatia


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