Why is submitting an article to several journals bad?

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What will happen if a scientist submits his research paper to several journals? In this article, we will take a closer look at the way such actions can end for him.


After describing the research, a scientist wonders in what journal to publish it and begins an active search for a suitable periodical. Looking through the options, an author finds a journal and sends his research paper for a peer review, and after some time he can receive a response with a refusal to publish because of incorrect formatting, poor translation, irrelevant topic, a small percentage of uniqueness or for a number of other reasons. A scientist is upset because so much time is wasted waiting for an answer and starts in a hurry looking for another journal for publishing hi article. This time he tries to find a few additional periodicals to be on the safe side and save time in case of failure, but such steps can lead to undesirable consequences for his career. 


The main reasons that motivate scientists to submit articles to different journals:

- long peer review process;

- the editorial board delays a journal's issue;

- a scientist strives to a large indicator of articles in the track record;

- author wants to get an academic rank faster;

- sensationality of research requires active spread of information.


In the field of scientific publications, there is the ethics of scientific periodicals which contains a clause about submitting articles to different journals, and it suggests that such actions are unacceptable. The emergence of these rules is due to the fact that submitting articles to several journals can lead to a conflict situation between periodicals and the deterioration of of a scientist's reputation with further difficulties when passing scientific certifications and in obtaining grant support. Publication ethics is prescribed in every publishing cooperation agreement, and this fact can not be ignored. All scientists should understand that  one article is for one journal, especially if it concerns publications in Scopus or the Web of Science. nternational periodicals protect their reputation and the quality of scientific content, but not the number of articles in their issues. The matter of copyright for  intellectual property is always relevant, especially in the field of scientific publications. Publication ethics gives a scientist confidence that his copyright will be preserved, and no one will use his research paper

for his own selfish purposes. Adhering to ethical norms, a scientist or a periodical's editor will be calm, solving controversial issues and, in case of any conflict, will be able to go to court and stand for his rights.


There are cases when by changing an article's title, structure, abstract, and fragments of the material, a scientist tries to publish a research paper in different periodicals, but it is also a direct violation of ethical norms. Even in difficult situations, when the thesis defense requires publication in the shortest possible time, it is not necessary to submit an article to different periodicals. Try not to harm your authority and scientific activity in the pursuit of speed and quantity of research papers.


Search of a journal, peer review and other publishing stages is always a difficult and long period and it should be approached with understanding. Also, it is necessary to respect the time of editors and peer reviewers who spend it on studying scientific material, comparing the texts of published research papers, communicating with the editors of the other journal and finding out all the nuances of this situation for the final decision.


Therefore, the conclusion from all the above said is that failure to comply w

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