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Should a scientist be prevented from publishing in a journal for which he works?

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    1 Full postal address: Internal Medicine Department, University Hospital of Heraklion, Stavrakia and Voutes, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, PC 71500.
    Petros Ioannou
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    1 Full postal address: Internal Medicine Department, University Hospital of Heraklion, Stavrakia and Voutes, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, PC 71500.
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    Department of Internal Medicine, University Hospital of Heraklion, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
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    1 Full postal address: Internal Medicine Department, University Hospital of Heraklion, Stavrakia and Voutes, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, PC 71500.
      In a recent letter to the editor, Charlier et al. debated the practice of some scholars that choose to publish their research in a journal they work for [
      • Charlier P.
      • Deo S.
      • Brun L.
      Should a scientist be prevented from publishing in a journal for which he works?.
      ], and wondered whether the peer-reviewing process of the academic journals is able to maintain the objectivity required to ensure the academic quality of the published material, mainly in terms of retaining the objectivity of the reviewers and the final decision making. However, even though there have been questions on the practice of publishing in a journal that someone works for [
      • Schiermeier Q.
      Self-publishing editor set to retire.
      ,
      • Luty J.
      • Arokiadass S.M.
      • Easow J.M.
      • Anapreddy J.R.
      Preferential publication of editorial board members in medical specialty journals.
      ,
      • Mani J.
      • Makarević J.
      • Juengel E.
      • Ackermann H.
      • Nelson K.
      • Bartsch G.
      • et al.
      I publish in I edit?–do editorial board members of urologic journals preferentially publish their own scientific work?.
      ], there is heterogeneity among different journals on the amount of papers that are published after assumption of editorship from the authors [
      • Mani J.
      • Makarević J.
      • Juengel E.
      • Ackermann H.
      • Nelson K.
      • Bartsch G.
      • et al.
      I publish in I edit?–do editorial board members of urologic journals preferentially publish their own scientific work?.
      ], implying that a journal can actually protect its own prestige and academic integrity against mischievous practices of the submitting authors. Furthermore, not allowing a scientist to publish his data in a journal he works for, could actually harm both the scientist and the journal, since it could lead to publication of a scientific work to a less suitable or prestigious journal that it would deserve. To conclude, even though it would indeed be advisable for ICJME to take a position on these practices, precluding a scientist that is working for a journal to publish his work in that journal may not be necessarily the right thing to do.

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