Unethical authorship practices

A qualitative study in Malaysian higher education institutions

Angelina Olesen, Latifah Amin, Zurina Mahadi

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Introduction: To explore academia perceptions and experience with unethical authorship practices in their respective institutions. Method: 21 in-depth interviews were carried out. Results: Our analysis revealed variability in experiences with various types of unethical authorship practices among the interviewees. Second, we found that unethical authorship practices are not so unusual among academia although the exact numbers of incidents are unknown due to the fact that such practices are seldom reported. Third, our interviewees revealed that the culture of ‘publish or perish’ could be the main contributor to unethical practices of authorship because publication records are the main criteria for researcher’s career evaluation besides, others, which are set by the university. Conclusion: It was suggested that the institution must play a proactive role in educating and promoting awareness on authorship guidelines, through education and training, ethical leadership as well as promoting the importance of publication ethics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-278
Number of pages8
JournalDeveloping World Bioethics
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2018

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Keywords

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  • Higher learning institution
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  • Publish or perish
  • Research misconduct
  • Unethical research practices

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  • Health(social science)
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Unethical authorship practices : A qualitative study in Malaysian higher education institutions. / Olesen, Angelina; Amin, Latifah; Mahadi, Zurina.

In: Developing World Bioethics, Vol. 18, No. 3, 01.09.2018, p. 271-278.

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