|LETTER TO THE EDITOR
|Year : 2018 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 56
Scientific misconduct in publication among medical students: Education and role model
Beuy Joob1, Viroj Wiwanitkit2
1 Sanitation 1 Medical Academic Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Department of Tropical, Hainan Medical University, Haikou, China
|Date of Web Publication||14-Aug-2018|
Sanitation 1 Medical Academic Center, Bangkok
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|How to cite this article:|
Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Scientific misconduct in publication among medical students: Education and role model. Educ Health 2018;31:56
We read the publication “Knowledge of scientific misconduct in publication among medical students” with great interest. 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.” 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. 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. 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. In Thailand, we found that the apparent verified academic misconducts, especially those performed by senior persons, were usually neglected. 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). Without good role models, we might not expect that the students can achieve good practice in medical publication.
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