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Revista médica de Chile

versión impresa ISSN 0034-9887

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REYES B, Humberto. Honesty and good faith: Two cornerstones in the ethics of biomedical publications. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2007, vol.135, n.4, pp.415-418. ISSN 0034-9887.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0034-98872007000400001.

The editors of medical journals should take the steps necessary to assure its readers that the contents of their publications are based in true data, that they are original and fulfill the ethical rules of biomedical and clinical research, including its reporting. This editors’ role has become increasingly difficult since the pressure to publish scientific papers is progressively stimulated by the role that those papers play in curricula vitae when the authors apply for university positions, academic promotions, research grants and for their personal prestige. As a consequence, increasing instances of misconduct in scientific publications are detected. Some cases are noticed during the editorial process, mostly when peer reviewers identify redundant publications or plagiarism. Other cases are denounced after a manuscript was published. It is the editors’ duty to verify the misconduct, request an explanation from the authors and, if their answer is unsatisfactory, report the problem to the institutional authorities supporting the authors. The editors should denounce the situation in a forthcoming issue of the journal. Universities should enforce the teaching of ethical rules that govern the report of scientific information. Revista Médica de Chile follows recommendations given by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, the World Association of Medical Editors and other groups, but honesty and good faith in all the actors involved in the process of biomedical publications (authors, reviewers, editors) remain the cornerstones of scientific good behavior

Palabras clave : Ethics; Journalism; Peer review; Practice guidelines (Publication type); Scientific misconduct.

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