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Opinion: Why I Published in a Predatory Journal

By John H. McCool | April 6, 2017

Our totally bogus case report swiftly passed muster, with only minor revisions requested.

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Opinion: An Ethical Code for Conferences

By Wolf B. Frommer | December 2, 2016

This fundamental form of scientific communication is threatened by modern recording technology and researchers who refuse to adhere to an age-old ethical code. 

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When Does a Smart Mouse Become Human?

By John D. Loike | July 1, 2015

Ethical issues attend the creation of animal-human chimeras.

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Loaded Words

By John D. Loike | December 1, 2014

As new technologies emerge, we must choose our words for them with care: names can negatively bias the inevitable debates over the ethics of scientific advances.

6 Comments

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An Open Invitation

By Aaron Buseh | December 1, 2013

On creating communal, equitable discourse to broaden participation in genetics research

3 Comments

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Debating Bioethics Openly

By Declan Fahy & Matthew C. Nisbet | July 1, 2013

Researchers and bioethicists need to take advantage of events such as the recent publication of the HeLa genome to engage the public on topics of privacy, biobank regulation, and more.

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Defending Against Plagiarism

By Jonathan Bailey | June 1, 2013

Publishers need to be proactive about detecting and deterring copied text.

5 Comments

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Military Mind Wars

By Jonathan D. Moreno | November 1, 2012

How neuroscience research can inform military counterintelligence tactics, and the moral responsibilities that accompany such research

5 Comments

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Bring On the Transparency Index

By Adam Marcus and Ivan Oransky | August 1, 2012

Grading journals on how well they share information with readers will help deliver accountability to an industry that often lacks it.

6 Comments

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Predatory Publishing

By Jeffrey Beall | August 1, 2012

Overzealous open-access advocates are creating an exploitative environment, threatening the credibility of scholarly publishing.

32 Comments

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