, Volume 30, Issue 10, pp 1857-1858
Date: 17 Sep 2004

Redundant publications, or piling up the medals. Getting published is not the Olympic Games

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A paper submitted, accepted, and published as an original publication is received with respect and excitement as providing new data never released before. The information contained in such a paper may stimulate further research, directly influence clinical practice, or contribute to the production of new directives or guidelines via its inclusion in meta-analyses or systematic reviews. Reporting the same data, in part or in whole, in several publications constitutes duplicate, redundant, or multiple publication when substantial overlap exists across these publications, whatever their type (except short abstracts). Covert duplicate publication is considered scientific misconduct, unethical behavior, fraud, or criminal behavior by most editors of scientific journals [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]. This is exactly our position at Intensive Care Medicine, primarily because duplicate publication defeats the main goal of a journal, which is to ensure the integrity of science. A journal’s editor has seve ...