B – Principles of ethical publishing

Shewan LG, Coats AJS. Ethics in the authorship and publishing of scientific articles. International Journal of Cardiology 2010;144(1):1-2
(doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2010.07.030)

The detection and interest in scientific fraud in publishing increased from 55 articles on this issue in 1983 to 167 in 2009. Since January 2009 the International Journal of Cardiology has required all papers published in the Journal should carry a statement that all authors adhere to its principles of ethical publishing and should cite and agree to a published statement of ethical authorship and publishing. Since then the number of fraudulent cases has begun to fall and, more important, cases have been easier to deal with, as the authors have agreed how their cases should be handled.