European Science Editing 48: e95926, doi: 10.3897/ese.2022.e95926
Should editors with multiple retractions or a record of academic misconduct serve on journal editorial boards?
expand article infoJaime A. Teixeira da Silva
‡ Unaffiliated, Miki-cho, Japan
Open Access
Abstract

In the academic world, despite their corrective nature, there is still a negative stigma attached to retractions, even more so if they are based on ethical infractions. Editors-in-chief and editors are role models in academic and scholarly communities. Thus, if they have multiple retractions or a record of academic misconduct, this viewpoint argues that they should not serve on journals’ editorial boards. The exception is where such individuals have displayed a clear path of scholarly reform. Policy and guidance is needed by organizations such as the Committee on Publication Ethics.

Keywords
Academic image, corrective science, reform, responsibilities, role models, scholarly community