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Book: Research Ethics, Manuscript Review, and Journal Quality
Published by: American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America



  1.  p. 75-79
    Research Ethics, Manuscript Review, and Journal Quality

    H.F. Mayland and R.E. Sojka (ed.)

    ISBN: 978-0-89118-259-7


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Conclusions and an Overview of Editorial Quality from the Journal Perspective

  1. William R. Luellen
  1. American Society of Agronomy, Madison, Wisconsin


Scientific writing is difficult; so difficult that it often involves three different groups of people—individuals who did the research and produced the original paper, technical reviewers and editors, and style and language editors. Scientific and style editors are the first readers of each paper and, as such, represent all subsequent readers. Their contributions can be invaluable to authors who cooperate with them. Unless a paper is carefully written, the only persons who will be able to fully understand it will be the authors and perhaps a few other scientists working in the same field of study. Students just entering the field of study and scientists in a slightly different field or whose native language is not English will have a particularly difficult time trying to interpret poorly written research papers. The higher the quality of writing in an article or book chapter, the larger will be the audience that reads it. High-quality writing is a goal worth pursuing because it benefits both the author and science. A detriment to science, on the other hand, is the increasing incidence of breaches of scientific ethics and a few cases of outright fraud. The subjects to fraud and ethics are becoming increasingly important to the scientific community. Scientists need to become aware of the problems of scientific ethics. Once they do, perhaps they will be able to help develop practical solutions to this perplexing problem.

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