, Volume 471, Issue 5, pp 1401-1402
Date: 14 Mar 2013

Editorial: Duplicate Submission and Dual Publication: What Is So Wrong With Them?

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On the surface, there may appear to be little harm in a group of authors submitting similar or identical manuscripts to two journals. Investigators may believe it is their work to disseminate. Should a team of authors that completed an excellent study on the medical management of the surgical patient not get that work in front of the widest possible audience by sending their manuscript to one journal in surgery and one in internal medicine?

No, they should not.

Here are five reasons why:

  1. Duplicate publication distorts the literature. Meta-analysis and other forms of synthetic research are major drivers of health policy and medical decision making. If the same data are published multiple times, they risk being counted more than once in these analyses. This artificially inflates treatment effect sizes, usually in favor of newer, more expensive, and less well-proven therapies [4].

  2. It often breaks the law. Duplicate publication often results in the violation of copyright. Most journals req

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An erratum to this article can be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11999-013-3075-7.