Publishing Your Research 101
Episode 5 – Ethical Considerations for Authors and Reviewers
About the Episode
In the fifth episode of our publishing series, we focus on the ethical considerations in scholarly publishing. Ethical behavior in research and publication form the foundation of scientific discovery and communication. Simply put, experiments should be performed and communicated honestly and with integrity, and attribution should be given to acknowledge the contributions of others.
Our editors examine some specific ways in which these principles apply during the publication and peer review process and highlight some of the common problems that arise from both authors and reviewers.
Related Videos: Symposium on Ethics in Publishing (Division of Chemical Education)
- Grace Baysinger (20:57)
- George M. Bodner (18:29)
- John Challice (29:00)
- Thomas R. LeBon (13:54)
- Robin D. Rogers (24:36)
- John N. Russell Jr. (28:55)
From ACS Publications
The Division of Chemical Education organized a symposium on The Ethics of Publishing at the 241st ACS National Meeting in Anaheim, CA, March 27-31, 2011. Recordings of several presentations are available:
- Grace Baysinger, Swain Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Library, Stanford University – Electronic theses and dissertations: Ethical and publishing issues
- George M. Bodner, Department of Chemistry, Purdue University – Implications of the NRC publication on integrity of research data in the digital age
- John Challice, Oxford University Press, Inc, New York, NY – Downstream ethics: A publisher’s perspective on publishing ethics in the digital age
- Thomas R. LeBon, Department of Math/Science, El Camino College – Plagiarism of words and data
- Robin D. Rogers, Department of Chemistry and Center for Green Manufacturing, The University of Alabama – An editor’s perspective on contentious issues arising during peer review
- John N. Russell Jr., Chemistry Division, Code 6170, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC – Role of the ACS Joint Board-Council Committee on Publications
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About The Author
John T. Fourkas
Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Maryland
John T. Fourkas is a Senior Editor for the Journal of Physical Chemistry, and Millard Alexander Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Maryland. His research interests include ultrafast nonlinear optical spectroscopy of liquids, dynamics of nanoconfined liquids, nonlinear optical microscopy, nontraditional approaches to micro- and nanofabrication, and dynamics of single molecules and single nanoparticles. He received BS and MS degrees from the California Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. from Stanford University.
Professor of Chemistry at Boston University
Karen Allen is an Associate Editor of Biochemistry, and Professor of Chemistry at Boston University. Her research interests are in the areas of protein structure and function via X-ray diffraction and enzyme kinetic studies. She received her BS degree from Tufts University and her Ph.D. in biochemistry from Brandeis University.
Paul S. Weiss
Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCLA
Paul S. Weiss is the Editor-in-Chief of ACS Nano, and Director of the California NanoSystems Institute and Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCLA. His research interests are in the area of atomic-scale measurements and control in chemistry, physics, electronics, and biology, including nanometer-scale electronics and storage; surface interactions; and surface motion, dynamics, and direct manipulation.
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Heather L. Tierney, Ph.D.
After completing her Ph.D.in Chemistry at Tufts University, Heather L. Tierney joined the Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in 2010 as the Managing Editor for ACS Nano and Nano Letters. In 2016, Heather began a a new role at ACS, as Managing Editor, Journals and Ethics Policy. In addition to managing the ACS’s two flagship Reviews journals, Accounts of Chemical Research and Chemical Reviews, Heather helps to provide guidance on best practice in publication ethics and policy in accordance with industry standards as set by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and other external agencies.