News & CommentScientific Misconduct

Editors Seek Ways to Cope With Fraud

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Science  14 Nov 1997:
Vol. 278, Issue 5341, pp. 1221
DOI: 10.1126/science.278.5341.1221

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LONDON-- A new committee, set up by the editors of nine prominent medical journals, including the The Lancet, Gut, and The Journal of the American Medical Association, called last week for governments to tackle scientific misconduct and fraudulent publication in a more systematic way. The Committee on Publication Ethics, one of several organizations in Europe currently looking into ways to beef up mechanisms to deal with publication misconduct, invited more than 100 other editors here to discuss the scope of the problem and how to deal with evidence of misconduct in publications submitted to them for review.