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Ethical Issues in Professional Research, Writing, and Publishing

Authored by: Joel R. Levin

Handbook of Ethics in Quantitative Methodology

Print publication date:  January  2011
Online publication date:  March  2011

Print ISBN: 9781848728547
eBook ISBN: 9780203840023
Adobe ISBN: 9781136888731

10.4324/9780203840023.ch18

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Abstract

In the final chapter of this impressive volume, I consider the professional research, writing, and publication process, primarily within the field of psychology, focusing on a host of ethical (mal)practices in the process. Such (mal)practices will be framed in the context of several actual-case examples that I have encountered over the years, initially as a young researcher, then as a journal reviewer, editorial board member, journal associate editor, and editor, and most recently as Chief Editorial Advisor for the Publications Office of the American Psychological Association (APA). It is hoped that such examples, which relate directly to various ethical principles that can be found in the most recent edition of APA’s Publication Manual (APA, 2010), will help readers appreciate the relevance of these issues as they engage in their own research and publishing activities. In addition, in the final section of the chapter I offer a set of summary recommendations that follow from the actual-case examples.

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