Over the past 14 months, we’ve covered several cases of retractions that were punished with publishing bans:
- Serial image manipulator Naoki Mori was slapped with one by the American Society of Microbiology (ASM) – which publishes Infection and Immunity, The Journal of Clinical Microbiology, and others
- The ASM banned another author, who plagiarized and did some not-so-legit fussing with his alleged co-authors
- The Indian Journal of Dermatology won’t accept papers by three Tunisian authors after they were found guilty of plagiarism
That led us to ask the question that’s the title of this post, as well as of our newest column for Lab Times. We spoke to a few people with expertise in the ethics of publishing, including Committee on Publication Ethics chair Liz Wager. Not everyone thinks such bans are a good idea. See if you agree with our conclusions.