Revolution Lullabye

May 18, 2009

Omenn, On Ethical Issues in Publishing in the Life Sciences

Omenn, Gilbert S. “On Ethical Issues in Publishing in the Life Sciences.” In Originality, Imitation, and Plagiarism. Eds. Eisner and Vicinus. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 2008. 27-38.

Omenn gives an overview of the ethics of authorship issues in life science publishing, pointing out the debates and justification for thigns like the order of the authors on an article, the hierarchy of journals, the cost of subscriptions, the manuscript review process, dangers of plagiarism/falsification, and the dangers of publishing material that could be used for bioterrorism. His article showcases how one discipline deals professionally with issues of authorship, citation, plagiarism, and access of intellectual property.

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