10 February 2010
Price R. Editorial. Ethical issues in publishing. Radiography 2009;15(2):95-6
Research involving human subjects and including identifiable human material and data (images, photographs, names, initials, hospital numbers) should comply with the ethical standards of the Declaration of Helsinki. Editors have the responsibility to ensure that research articles submitted for publication meet these standards. No information should be included in written descriptions unless it is essential for scientific purposes and written informed consent has been obtained. Research misconduct is another serious problem: it includes fabrication, falsification, unethical experimentation and plagiarism. They are not always easy to detect despite the peer-review process.