Unwelcome or unconsented acknowledgments is an unethical practice seldom addressed. It constitutes a form of authorship abuse perpetrated in the acknowledgments section of published research, where the victim is credited as having made a contribution to the paper, without having given their consent, and often without having seen a draft of the paper. The acknowledgment may be written in such a way as to imply endorsement of the study’s data and conclusions. Through a real-life case, this paper explores the issue of unconsented acknowledgments and makes recommendations to prevent its occurrence, thereby promoting research integrity.
Acknowledgments, authorship, editorial misconduct, ethics, research integrity
Koljatic M. (2020) Unconsented acknowledgments as a form of authorship abuse: What can be done about it? Research Ethics. doi:10.1177/1747016120952516
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