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Questions on ethics and plagiarism in scientific communication

Comunicar journal seeks for proposals that answer the following topical questions proposed by our Guest Editors Dr. Jaume Sureda and Dr. Rubén Comas (University of Baleares, Spain) and Dr.Karl Jones (Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom):48

  • Ethics and scientific communication: What basic principles should guide the dissemination of scientific results? How to promote ethical values linked to communication and scientific dissemination among researchers? To what extent are dishonest practices widespread in the scientific communication? What are the causes of dishonest practices in the scientific communication? Are there differences between the different areas of knowledge regarding the concept of honesty and rigor in scientific transmission?

 Academic honesty in communication amongst students: What is the level of prevalence of various dishonest practices, such as plagiarism? What are the causes or factors associated with plagiarism and other fraudulent practices amongst students? What are the consequences of committing dishonest practices amongst students? What measures and strategies exist to combat dishonest practices by students, what is their effectiveness and how they could be improved?

 Academic honesty among teachers/faculty: What kind of dishonesty may occur in teachers in exercising their profession? What control mechanisms have academic institutions established to combat dishonesty amongst faculty?

 Scientific journals and academic honesty: What role does or should the editors of scientific journals play to ensure honesty in scientific communication? What mechanisms have been or should be put in place to ensure fair practices in scientific communication?

 Strategies to combat dishonesty in scientific communication. What strategies have been or should be implemented to combat dishonesty in the transmission of scientific knowledge? What role does/should the Ethical Commissions of universities and/or research centres have in ensuring standards of rigor and honesty in scientific research?

 Cross-country analysis and amongst geographical contexts: Are there differences between countries in the treatment of honesty and ethics in scientific communication?

 Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Science (OS) and misconduct: How does the integrity of scientific and academic communication affect the existence of resources, tools and educational practices created and shared within a framework of open exchange?

 Ethics in scientific communication via audio-visual media: How to prevent and detect fraud in scientific communication and distribution using audio-visual resources?

 Public communication of science in the society of the spectacle: What role should mass media play in transmitting scientific knowledge and ensuring its accuracy and reliability? What control mechanisms are applied and enforced by the media in order to ensure the accuracy and rigor of the dissemination of scientific knowledge? What legal framework exists to ensure the accurate dissemination of scientific knowledge by the mass media?

 The role of institutions and governments in promoting honesty in scientific communication: How can governments, responsible bodies of science policy, and research funding institutions act to ensure honesty and truthfulness in the communication of research project results? Does the increasing pressure for researchers to publish their research results -“publish or perish” syndrome – provoke an increase in dishonest practices among researchers?

Guidelines and submission of proposal

Publishing guidelines:

Proposals for the Special Issue are to be submitted through the OJS RECYT platform:

Deadline for sending articles: 2015-06-01 — 2015-12-30

Publication date of Comunicar

Issue 48: Preprint version: 2016-05-15 Printed version: 2016-07-01