In the world of academia and journal publishing, duplicate submission for peer review is a huge no-no. In some cases, authors have been reprimanded or even banned from publishing in the affected journals. The Scholarly Kitchen brought this interesting topic to us in their article, “The dawn of the age of duplicate peer review.”

Why is duplicate submission considered to be so unethical? Peer review has been a formal part of scientific communication since the first scientific journals appeared more than 300 years ago. It is the independent assessment of a research paper by experts in a particular field. Its purpose is to evaluate the manuscript’s quality and suitability for publication.

The real crime is submitting an article to two or more journals with the intent of publishing the same article more than once. Duplicate publication unfairly inflates those authors’ publication records and should therefore prevented whenever possible.

The peer review system exists to validate academic work, helps to improve the quality of published research and increases networking possibilities within research communities.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Data Harmony, a unit of Access Innovations, the world leader in indexing and making content findable.