Following up on the last post, new guidelines on investigating claims of ethical misconduct in journal publishing are now available. The International Society of Managing & Technical Editors (ISMTE) is offering its newly released "Publishing Ethics 101: A Guide for the Editorial Office" for free but you should act fast, because the resource is freely available for only 30 days (from today, April 26, 2011). The guide describes different types of publishing misconduct, presents the basics of a solid ethics policy, and outlines steps for correcting literature associated with verified misconduct. One appendix to the guide includes examples of policies and procedures from such associations/journals as the American Statistical Association, Gastroenterology, The Endocrine Society Ethical Guidelines, The Journal of Biological Chemistry, and The New England Journal of Medicine. A second appendix provides examples of letters used in investigating and resolving claims of misconduct.
Don't miss out on the opportunity to obtain this resource. After the 30-day free period, the guide will be available only to ISMTE members.
While we're on the subject of ethics, remember that AMWA has its own Code of Ethics, and all AMWA members (and all medical communicators) should be familiar with the code's eight principles, as well as with the AMWA Position Statement on the Contributions of Medical Writers to Scientific Publications. You can also learn more about ethical situations and decision-making in various medical communication settings at the 2011 AMWA Annual Conference, which features five workshops on ethics. The AMWA Annual Conference will be held October 20-22, in Jacksonville, FL.