A researcher’s dedication to publishing ethically may be compromised from increasing workplace-related pressure, junior author oversight, incompatible research training, and/or lack of awareness of the differences in different institutions’ ethical standards. LetPub monitors papers for ethical violations, such as accidental plagiarism, so that they can be addressed in a timely and appropriate manner.
LetPub is proud to serve as an advisor on this matter. Because LetPub editors are often the first readers other than the authors of a given paper, we can provide advice and assistance in a timely manner, which avoids not only the real consequences of misconduct in academic publication but also embarrassment and tarnished reputations. The majority of ethical violations that we see are unintentional. Early-career scientists in particular are often not aware of the pitfalls that can leave their papers outside the bounds of ethical research.
LetPub is fully committed to following best practices and supporting our authors in their own commitment to publish ethically through both author education and an optimized editorial screening process.
Awareness campaigns and author education
We provide resources on industry guidelines through workshops, articles, and newsletters.
Manuscript-level screening for ethical compliance
Our editors screen for any cases of misconduct or apparent misconduct, notify authors of the risks, and, if necessary, direct them to further resources where they can access the target journal’s policies on misconduct. In cases of suspected plagiarism in a manuscript, we draw the authors’ attention to the issue, provide iThenticate plagiarism screening, and suggest steps by which it may be rectified.