Apparently some research and studies slip through screenings for ethical practices. And some journals don’t care if research is unethical as long as the information gained is “worth” the breach of ethics. Means to an end and all.
I actually didn’t realize that there were unethical articles out there with a warning. A warning that’s located at the very end of the article, after the footnotes, references, and all else. And there’s typically no mention to the ethical issues in the abstract.
So they get through.
New England Journal of Medicine is one of the few publishers that has drawn a hard line about this. They released a statement saying under no circumstances would they publish any article deemed unethical and they would retract any article that is found to be unethical.
I never planned to have medical liaisons, I just ended up with them so this is news to me. But I’m thinking it would be a good topic to mention as part of a research course for my Pharmacy students.