Malaysian early career researchers on the ethics of scholarly publishing

Abrizah, Abdullah and Shah, Nordiana Ahmad Kharman and Nicholas, David (2019) Malaysian early career researchers on the ethics of scholarly publishing. Malaysian Journal of Library & Information Science, 24 (1). pp. 75-96. ISSN 1394-6234, DOI

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Publication ethics are rarely taught. This paper presents research into the knowledge of scholarly publishing ethics among Malaysian early-career researchers (ECRs). This research comes from year two of a projected three-year-long study of ECRs from seven countries (China, France, Malaysia, Poland, Spain, the UK, and the US), for which semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted with study participants. For the findings reported in this paper, 12 ECRs from science and social science disciplines at five Malaysian research-intensive universities were interviewed during the period from February to June 2017. The interview record was compared with the previous year's (2016) record to identify changes in interviewees' responses to a set of questions on their knowledge of ethics in scholarly communication. In addition, contextual data were obtained from the CVs of the ECRs. Our findings indicate that the attitudes and behaviours of Malaysian ECRs in relation to scholarly communication ethics have changed in the passage of one year. We observed noteworthy changes in ECRs' knowledge of unethical behaviours. As compared with data from 2016, the ECRs are more verbose in their responses on what is generally regarded as ethical and unethical in research and/or publishing practices. Authorship policies, the academic evaluation system, and the scrutiny which will keep the lid on any unethical behaviours are the most important factors bringing about the changes we observed. This paper suggests that ECRs' manifestation of publishing ethics is gauged through their publishing practices. © 2019 Malaysian Journal of Library & Information Science.

Item Type: Article
Funders: University of Malaya Project No BKS079-2017, Publishing Research Consortium (
Uncontrolled Keywords: Authorship policy; Publication ethics; Research integrity; Scholarly communication; Scholarly publishing
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources
Divisions: Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 15 May 2020 04:38
Last Modified: 15 May 2020 04:38

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