Publication ethics and the research assessment exercise: reflections on the troubled question of authorship

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Abstract

The research assessment exercise (RAE) forms the basis for determining the funding of higher education institutions in the UK. Monies are distributed according to a range of performance criteria, the most important of which is "research outputs". Problems to do with publication misconduct, and in particular, issues of justice in attributing authorship, are endemic within the research community. It is here argued that the research assessment exercise currently makes no explicit attempt to address these concerns, and indeed, by focusing attention on research outputs, may actually be fostering such ethical problems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)422-6
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Medical Ethics
Volume26
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2000

Keywords

  • Authorship
  • Biomedical Research
  • Humans
  • Research
  • Scientific Misconduct
  • Social Justice
  • United Kingdom
  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

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