Many people, myself included, have been denouncing how the ever-increasing pressure to publish has progressively become inimical to science itself, stimulating all kinds of malpractices, ranging from near criminal conduct (faking data, for instance), to morally condemnable tactics, such as “honorary” authorship and salami publishing.
A recent blog post —
The dark arts of academia – and why journals must do more to tackle the problem — makes the case that journal editors should be at the forefront of the fight against such practices, and proceed to state this: “We suggest that dividing publishing ethics into black and white has the effect of distracting attention away from ‘grey zone’ practices that serve no other purpose except career advancement and professional advantage. Plagiarism and other clear-cut forms of academic misconduct are undoubtedly damaging to the pursuit of knowledge. But far more insidious and pervasive are those tricks of the trade that undermine, in subtle and almost invisible ways, the integrity of scholarship.”