Flagrant Misconduct of Reviewers and Editor: A Case Study

TitleFlagrant Misconduct of Reviewers and Editor: A Case Study
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsKotchoubey, B, Bütof, S, Sitaram, R
JournalScience & Engineering Ethics
Date Published2015
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number13533452
KeywordsConflict , editor , ethical , MANUSCRIPTS , Moral , Peer , PERIODICAL , Reviewing , reviews
AbstractA case of a particularly severe misbehavior in a review process is described. Two reviewers simply copied and pasted their critical comments from their previous reviews without reading the reviewed manuscript. The editor readily accepted the reviewers' opinion and rejected the manuscript. These facts give rise to some general questions about possible factors affecting the ethical behavior of reviewers and editors, as well as possible countermeasures to prevent ethical violations. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]Copyright of Science & Engineering Ethics is the property of Springer Science & Business Media B.V. and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)
NotesKotchoubey, Boris 1; Email Address: boris.kotchoubey@uni-tuebingen.de Bütof, Sarah 2; Email Address: s.buetof@uke.de Sitaram, Ranganatha; Email Address: tharale@gmail.com; Affiliation: 1: Institute of Medical Psychology and Behavioral Neurobiology, University of Tübingen, Silcherstr. 5 72076 Tübingen Germany 2: Department of Neuro and Pathophysiology, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Martinistr. 52 Hamburg Germany; Source Info: Aug2015, Vol. 21 Issue 4, p829; Subject Term: PEER review of academic writing; Subject Term: MANUSCRIPTS; Subject Term: PERIODICAL editors; Subject Term: PERIODICAL publishing; Subject Term: CONFLICT of interests; Subject Term: MORAL & ethical aspects; Subject Term: REVIEWS; Author-Supplied Keyword: Conflict of interests; Author-Supplied Keyword: Editor; Author-Supplied Keyword: Ethical conduct; Author-Supplied Keyword: Reviewing process; NAICS/Industry Codes: 511120 Periodical Publishers; Number of Pages: 7p; Document Type: Article