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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 59  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 400-405

Scientific misconducts and authorship conflicts: Indian perspective

1 Department of Anaesthesiology, North Bengal Medical College, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India
2 Howrah District Hospital, Howrah, West Bengal, India

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Mohanchandra Mandal
Department of Anaesthesiology, North Bengal Medical College, P.O. Sushruta Nagar, Darjeeling - 734 012, West Bengal
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-5049.160918

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This article is a narrative review about how appropriate authorship can be achieved, a brief mention about various scientific misconducts, the reason and consequences of such misconducts and finally, the policies to be adopted by the aspiring authors to avert these problems. The literature search was performed in the Google and PubMed using 'scientific misconduct', 'honorary/ghost authorship', 'publish-or-perish', 'plagiarism' and other related key words and phrases. More than 300 free full-text articles published from 1990 to 2015 were retrieved and studied. Many consensus views have been presented regarding what constitutes authorship, the authorship order and different scientific misconducts. The conflicts about authorship issues related to publication of dissertation, the area of the grey zone have been discussed. Suggestions from different authorities about improving the existing inappropriate authorship issues have been included.

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