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Special Ethics Edition

The Geological Curator
Vol. 11 No. 7 pp. 407-418

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Publication pressure threatens the integrity of palaeontological research

Raja, Nussaïbah B. and Dunne, Emma M.

Abstract: Publications are the de facto currency of academia. Academics, palaeontologists included, are often judged by publication metrics, which usually include the impact factor of the journal in which they publish, the number of publications and the number of citations. However, in the race to publish in high-impact journals and the pressure to increase research productivity, sometimes corners are cut, leading to an increase in scientific and other types of misconduct. In this paper, we demonstrate how ethical, and even legal, transgressions within palaeontology, particularly regarding the provenance of fossil specimens, are inherently related to the pressure faced by academic researchers...

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