Research Integrity Supplement  |   February 2011
Ethical Principles Associated With the Publication of Research in ASHA’s Scholarly Journals: Importance and Adequacy of Coverage
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Janis C. Ingham
    University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Fred D. Minifie
    University of Washington, Seattle
  • Jennifer Horner
    Ohio University, Athens
  • Randall R. Robey
    Ohio University, Athens
  • Charissa Lansing
    University of Illinois at Urbana—Champaign
  • James H. McCartney
    California State University, Sacramento
  • Sarah C. Slater
    University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Sharon E. Moss
    University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Contact author: Janis Costello Ingham, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93106. E-mail: jcingham@speech.ucsb.edu.
  • Sharon E. Moss is now at the Office of Research Oversight, Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC.
    Sharon E. Moss is now at the Office of Research Oversight, Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC.×
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Research Integrity Supplement   |   February 2011
Ethical Principles Associated With the Publication of Research in ASHA’s Scholarly Journals: Importance and Adequacy of Coverage
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research February 2011, Vol.54, S394-S416. doi:10.1044/1092-4388(2010/09-0260)
History: Accepted 04 Oct 2010 , Received 04 Dec 2009
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research February 2011, Vol.54, S394-S416. doi:10.1044/1092-4388(2010/09-0260)
History: Accepted 04 Oct 2010 , Received 04 Dec 2009

Purpose: The purpose of this 2-part study was to determine the importance of specific topics relating to publication ethics and adequacy of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (ASHA’s) policies regarding these topics.

Method: A 56-item Web-based survey was sent to (a) ASHA journal editors, associate editors, and members of the Publications Board (Group 1); (b) authors, reviewers, and members of ASHA’s Board of Ethics (Group 2); and (c) a random sample of the ASHA membership, characterized as journal readers (Group 3). The survey contained 4 questions related to ethical principles associated with the publication of research: (a) In regard to scientific integrity in research publications in general, how important is the issue of [topic]? (b) Should ASHA publication policies address this issue? (c) Do ASHA policies address this issue? (d) If yes, how adequately do ASHA policies address this issue? A second study evaluated the contents of ASHA’s publication policy documents in regard to their coverage of the survey topics.

Results: Results indicated many of the topics deemed most important by all groups were included in ASHA’s publication policy documents; other topics, although included, were not adequately addressed.

Conclusions: ASHA needs a single, unifying publication policy document, and increased education of all groups in the realm of ethics in the publication process is indicated.

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