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Ethics

A. Jay Block, MD, Master FCCP
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Affiliations: Gainesville, FL 
 ,  Dr. Block is Editor-in-Chief, CHEST.

Correspondence to: A. Jay Block, MD, Master FCCP, Seagle Bldg, Suite 408, 408 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601; e-mail: chestmag@aol.com



Chest. 2001;119(2):321-328. doi:10.1378/chest.119.2.321
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In the last year, CHEST has encountered more ethical problems than in the first 6 years of my editorship. Whether this increase results from better review and investigation by the consultants or reflects a real increase in ethical lapses is not clear. I want to take this opportunity to reinforce the rules by which this journal operates and to point out the violations that have been punished or investigated in the past year.

The first problem is plagiarism. An author may not copy any of the writings of previous publications without attribution. We have had three separate instances in which sentences, paragraphs, or whole articles have been copied. This practice is not only unethical but may be illegal in the United States. These three instances have been found at various stages of the review process. These stages include the initial consultant review, the review by the editor-in-chief, or review by the copy editors. For those readers who want instant publication of material on Web sites, the unearthing of unethical processes during the review process should make you rethink your desires.

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