Ethics in Science PDF Print E-mail
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Karl-Heinz Schwalbe,
University of Bochum and Hamburg University of Technology, Germany
Antony Ingraffea, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA
Daniel Lovegrove, Elsevier, Oxford, UK

Introduction

The existence of books and articles and rules for good behaviour – in particular when they are excavated from geological layers going far back in history - may create the impression that in prior times people knew how to behave themselves, that obviously they had good manners. However, the opposite is true. When people talk about ethics, good behaviour, what to do and what not to do, then you know that there is something wrong. This is also true in the sphere of science where the public tends to believe that only distinguished persons ranking high in ethics reside. Science publication media are increasingly confronted with problematic paper submissions. This is not only related to authors, not even related only to publication as such, the problem is much wider as we will see later. This article is based on our own experience in editing and publishing a journal; however, we also use material provided to us by responses to our earlier presentation at ICM11 in 2011.