Ethical and Legal Resources

Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) is a forum for editors and publishers of peer-reviewed journals to discuss all aspects of publication ethics. It also advises editors on how to handle cases of research and publication misconduct.  The web site provides guidelines and flow charts to guide dealing with misconduct, and a code of conduct.  Our own Geraldine Pearson, Editor of Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, was the first nurse to serve on the Committee! Charon Pierson, INANE member and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, also serves on the Committee

Publication Ethics Video Series and CE Credits

Publication Ethics Video Series by Dr. Charon Pierson (INANE member and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. In this video series on publication ethics, Dr. Charon Pierson presents guidelines for authors, students, and researchers on how to manage authorship, plagiarism, conflicts of interest, and retractions in the literature.

  • All 5 programs are live and free to all.
  • Completion of all 5 = 2.15 contact hours through theAmerican Academy of Nurse Practitioners CE Center
  • All participants must login – if you have never used the site before you must register.
  • In the CE Center search AREA: Professionalism Series or TOPIC: Professional Development

Ethics of Publishing

Smith SP. Can I send my manuscript to several journals? Nurse Author & Editor.  2001;Spring, p. 8.

Smith Blancett, SP; Flanagin AF, Young RK. Duplicate publication in the nursing literature. Image. 1995;27(1):51-6.


Copyright Clearance Center is a comprehensive service where you can obtain permissions to use copyrighted material, get answers to specific questions, learn the latest developments in copyright issues. Their “Gets the Facts” section provides comprehensive and current information about all aspects of copyright and licensing.

Copyright in a Digital Era – The Rise and Rise of CCC – a blog post (November 22, 2013) discussing the future of copyright and licensing of digital material.

The United States Copyright Office provides detailed information on copyright law, licensing, and information on how to obtain a copyright. For dedicated legal junkies, see the full Copyright Law.

Stanford University Libraries, Copyright and Fair Use Web site  provides resources pertaining to fair use and copyright. Contains many excellent resources. Everything you wanted to know about U.S. copyright, but did not know how to ask.

SHERPA RoMEO – Publisher copyright policies & self-archiving. This site shows what type of permission you have to have to post your article on the Web before and after publication.

See also these two articles by INANE member Judith Baggs:

Baggs, J. G. (2011). The dissertation manuscript option, Internet posting, and publication. Research in Nursing & Health, 34, 89-90.

Baggs, J. G. (2008). Issues and rules for authors concerning authorship versus acknowledgments, dual publication, self plagiarism, and salami publishing (editorial). Research in Nursing & Health, 31(4), 295-297.


Plagiarism has become a major concern for authors, publishers, editors, and consumers of scholarlhy literature. There are a number of services on the Web that can be used to check a manuscript for possible content that might be plagiarized. iThenticate provides such a service for a fee, as well as several papers that address the ethics of publishing and issues related to plagiarism.

Want to Report a Case of Plagiarism?  Here’ How – a blog post (November 25th, 2013)  reviewing the article by Mark Fox & Jeffrey Beall:  Ethics & Behavior (2013): Advice for Plagiarism Whistleblowers, Ethics & Behavior, DOI:10.1080/10508422.2013.866047

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