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An ethical issue

Posted by adanchin on 26 Feb 2010 at 12:48 GMT

Is self-plagiarism a correct way to publish?

Compare, published in PLoS Currents influenza (dec 18th)
Absolute Humidity and the Seasonal Onset of Influenza in the Continental US
Jeffrey Shaman,* Virginia Pitzer,† Cecile Viboud,‡ Marc Lipsitch,§ and Bryan Grenfell

PubMed ID 20066155

with (and not cited, if I am not mistaken)

Absolute Humidity and the Seasonal Onset of Influenza in the Continental United States (23 february 2010)

Jeffrey Shaman1*, Virginia E. Pitzer2,3,4, Cécile Viboud2, Bryan T. Grenfell2,4,5, Marc Lipsitch6,7,8

no PubMed ID yet...

With my best wishes

No competing interests declared.

RE: An ethical issue

pbio replied to adanchin on 26 Feb 2010 at 14:58 GMT

Thank you for your comment.

PLoS Biology is fully aware of the authors' submission to PLoS Currents referenced above. PLoS Currents is a website for immediate, open communication and discussion of new scientific data, analyses, and ideas in a critical research area. The work is screened by experts, but is not subject to in-depth peer review.

Our policy until now (February, 2010) has been to allow resubmission of PLoS Currents content to another PLoS journal. However, the decision to include Currents in PubMed (and PubMed Central) has caused us to reconsider the status of content communicated via Currents, relative to other journals. Some authors have used Currents to communicate drafts of almost final manuscripts (essentially preprints), and revised versions of the same articles have subsequently appeared in another journal. Indexing of both articles in PubMed could therefore lead to the unintended appearance of dual publication and misunderstanding about the relative status of the two articles, as has happened in this case. We are also aware that some journals (even before Currents was indexed by PubMed) considered publication in Currents to constitute ‘prior publication’.

We have therefore revised our policy for Currents. For the articles already made available in Currents, and which might appear later in other journals in essentially the same form, we will work with PubMed to try and provide a link between related versions. Going forward, we feel that the Currents system is now sufficiently robust, via archiving in PMC and indexing in PubMed, that it would not be appropriate to resubmit the same content to another journal. PLoS Currents is therefore a channel for extremely rapid publication of new results – the work is screened by experts, citable and permanently archived.

No competing interests declared.