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LETTER TO EDITOR
Year : 2010  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 55
 

Authors should know the ethical rules of publication


Department of Medicine, Hamad General Hospital, Doha, Qatar

Date of Web Publication29-Mar-2010

Correspondence Address:
Fahmi Yousef Khan
Hamad General Hospital, Doha
Qatar
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DOI: 10.4103/0971-4065.62087

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Khan FY. Authors should know the ethical rules of publication. Indian J Nephrol 2010;20:55

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Khan FY. Authors should know the ethical rules of publication. Indian J Nephrol [serial online] 2010 [cited 2020 Jan 24];20:55. Available from: http://www.indianjnephrol.org/text.asp?2010/20/1/55/62087


Sir,

I read with interest an article entitled "Severe Rhabdomyolysis and Acute Renal Failure Secondary to use of Simvastatin in Undiagnosed Hypothyroidism" in your journal, the "Indian Journal of Nephrology, [1] but I was shocked when I read the same case report "Severe Rhabdomyolysis and Acute Renal Failure Secondary to use of Simvastatin in Undiagnosed Hypothyroidism," by the same author in the "Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation." [2] Earlier, this author had published another article entitled "Profile of Stroke in a Teaching University Hospital in the Western Region," in two different journals. [3],[4]

In fact, "Shotgunning"- the simultaneous submission of essentially the same article to more than one journal is unethical because it may lead to duplicate publication. Even when one journal accepts the shot-gunned article and its authors withdraw their submission to the other journal, this practice is at least inconsiderate because it is imposed on reviewers and creates unnecessary work for the editorial staff of the journal or journals from which the paper is ultimately withdrawn. [5] Further, "Duplicate publication"- The publication of the same article in more than one journal is also unethical; it reflects the researcher's ethics and an audit of the local or regional Ethics Committee that approved it.

In conclusion, as authors, we need to be aware of the ethical rules of publication by familiarizing ourselves with all policies regarding publication at our home institutions.

 
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1.Qari FA. Severe rhabdomyolysis and acute renal failure secondary to use of simvastatin in undiagnosed hypothyroidism. Indian J Nephrol 2008;18:28-9.   Back to cited text no. 1    Medknow Journal  
2.Qari FA. Severe rhabdomyolysis and acute renal failure secondary to use of simvastatin in undiagnosed hypothyroidism. Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl 2009;20:127-9.  Back to cited text no. 2  [PUBMED]  Medknow Journal  
3.Rogers LF. Salami slicing, shotgunning, and the ethics of authorship. AJR Am J Roentgenol 1999;173:265.  Back to cited text no. 3  [PUBMED]  [FULLTEXT]  
4.Qari FA. Profile of stroke in a teaching university hospital in the western region. Saudi Med J 2000;21:1030-3.  Back to cited text no. 4  [PUBMED]    
5.Qari FA. Profile of stroke in a teaching university hospital in the western region. Neurosciences 2001;6:38-41.  Back to cited text no. 5      




 

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