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Multiple submissions OK if intent OK

Mon Jan 10 17:17:21 EST 1994

>In article <94008.150249FORSDYKE at QUCDN.QueensU.CA> <FORSDYKE at QUCDN.QueensU.CA>
>>    The prevailing view, as far as I am aware, is that making multiple
>>    simultaneous submissions is unethical. My posting implies that this
>>    should really depend on the INTENT of the author.
>     How are we, as a community, to determine the intent of someone
>cheating (there's no other word for it) in this way?

      As pointed out previously, if one double-publishes and cites both
      publications in one's grant or tenure application, then there is a clear
      intent to deceive one's peers.

>>If he/she is really just
>>    trying to get a paper published expeditiously, then I do not think the
>>    should be concerned.
>     Most journals have mechanisms for accelerating publication of
>unusually important results.  Some journals even exist for the sole
>purpose of getting important results to press rapidly.  That's the
>                                Marc R. Roussel
>                                mroussel at alchemy.chem.utoronto.ca

      You may have missed the earlier correspondence on this matter.
      The purpose of the rapid publication was to make sure that one's work
      was published/accepted prior to some critical grant or tenure-decision
      deadline. In these days of rising cut-off points one paper more might
      make all the difference between success or failure. One laggardly
      reviewer could disasterously influence an author's career. There are
      numerous ways this could be corrected, but I, for one, would not think
      badly about someone who makes multiple submissions pending general system
             Sincerely,  Don Forsdyke

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