n South African Journal of Sports Medicine - The ethics of publishing - : editorial

Volume 25, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1015-5163
  • E-ISSN: 2078-516X



A recent incident I encountered as editor of this journal drew my attention to the risk that we face as a result of unethical practices in science. It takes an incident like this to heighten awareness about how vulnerable the 'scientific process' is to abuse. The scientific process is based on principles of trust and honesty. This starts at the data-collection phase of the experiment and includes the data analysis, writing phase (i.e. using own original text) and the avoidance of 'cherry picking' published work to support one's own data. Before the manuscript is published, it has to go through a process of peer review - although this is touted as the core of the scientific process, it may also have irregularities when a reviewer, for example, blocks studies which have a counter view to the reviewer's own paradigm.

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