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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 31  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 56

Scientific misconduct in publication among medical students: Education and role model

1 Sanitation 1 Medical Academic Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Department of Tropical, Hainan Medical University, Haikou, China

Date of Web Publication14-Aug-2018

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Beuy Joob
Sanitation 1 Medical Academic Center, Bangkok
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DOI: 10.4103/1357-6283.239050

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Dear Editor,

We read the publication “Knowledge of scientific misconduct in publication among medical students” with great interest.[1] Mubeen et al. concluded that “The study demonstrates deficiencies in knowledge regarding several aspects of publication ethics among medical students of both public and private medical colleges in Karachi. There is a need to increase the awareness of research and publication ethics among students during their academic years.[1]” We would like to share ideas and experience on this topic. First, the deficiencies in knowledge of medical students might be due to lack of good education. In fact, education is confirmed as an important tool for prevention of misconduct in scientific publication.[2] In the medical curriculum, there is usually no specific education on ethics in scientific publication. In our country, Thailand, although the medical curriculum has been continuously improved for many years and there are many promotions of medical education, there are still no specific subjects on publication ethics in the curriculum. Another possible important factor is the lack of good role models.[3] In our country, plagiarism is not uncommon. Surprisingly, some plagiarists are national scientist, head of university medical research center, awarded lecturer, or associate dean in research affairs.[4] In Thailand, we found that the apparent verified academic misconducts, especially those performed by senior persons, were usually neglected.[4] An analysis of the fate of articles and authors with approved plagiarism shows that most problems are not well managed (no retraction and no responsibility from plagiarist or institute).[4] Without good role models, we might not expect that the students can achieve good practice in medical publication.

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Mubeen SM, Qu A, Ghayas R, Adil Rizvi SH, Khan SA. Knowledge of scientific misconduct in publication among medical students. Educ Health (Abingdon) 2017;30:140-5.  Back to cited text no. 1
Wiwanitkit V. Letter on the article plagiarism in medical schools, and its prevention. Presse Med 2012;41:887-8.  Back to cited text no. 2
Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Letter to the editor: Medical students and plagiarism. Rom J Morphol Embryol 2017;58:701.  Back to cited text no. 3
Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Fate of articles and authors with approved plagiarism after a 10-year period: Cases from international pubMed indexed journals in Thailand and reflection on responsibility. Account Res 2017;24:373-4.  Back to cited text no. 4

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