It seems the ethics of publishing an article would be rather straightforward, but this AMTA-Pro podcast reveals the complexity of publication. The podcast features an informative and thought-provoking conversation with Sheri Robb, Helen Shoemark, and Barbara Else talking about some key questions: What constitutes authorship? What is token authorship? Is it plagiarism if…? What is self-plagiarism? What should students and mentors consider with regard to authorship? What is meant by fragmented publication? What about intellectual property and copyright? The text section of the podcast includes helpful resources.


Publication Ethics: VIP Questions Facing Authors and Editors

AMTA-Pro Podcast ~ April, 2019

Sheri Robb, PhD, MT-BC; Helen Shoemark, PhD, RMT; Barbara Else, MPA, MT-BC

This AMTA-Pro podcast features an informative and thought-provoking conversation with Sherri Robb, Helen Shoemark, and Barbara Else talking about some key some questions related to the ethics of publishing an article in the Journal of Music Therapy, the Music Therapy Perspectives, or any other scholarly publication.

Question 1: What constitutes authorship?

Question 2: What is token authorship?

Question 3: Is it plagiarism if…?

Question 4: What is self-plagiarism?

Question 5: What should students and mentors consider with regard to authorship?

Question 6: What is meant by fragmented publication?

Question 7: What about intellectual property and copyright?

Resources

Andreescu, L. (2013). Self-plagiarism in academic publishing: The anatomy of a misnomer. Science Engineering and Ethics, 19, 775-797.

Committee on Publication Ethics. (2018). Copyright. Retrieved from https://publicationethics.org/taxonomy/term/748

Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) website. https://publicationethics.org/

Graf, C., Wager, E., Bowman, A., Fiack, S., Scott-Lichter, D., & Robinson, A. (2007). Best practice guidelines on publication ethics: A publisher’s perspective. International Journal of Clinical Practice Supplement. 61(Suppl 152), 1–26. doi: 10.1111/j.1742-1241.2006.01230.x

International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). Defining the Role of Authors and Contributors. http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/browse/roles-and-responsibilities/defining-the-role-of-authors-and-contributors.html

Masic, I. (2014). Plagiarism in scientific research and publications and how to prevent it. Materio Socio Medica, 26(2), 141-146.

Sauermann, H.,& Haeussler, C. (2017). Authorship and contribution disclosures. Science Advances, 3, e1700404

Wislar, J. (2011). Honorary and ghost authorship in high impact biomedical journals: A cross sectional survey. British Medical Journal; 343.d6128

About the AMTA-Pro Podcast Speakers

Sheri L. Robb, PhD, MT-BC, is a Professor at the Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis, IN, where she also serves as Director of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute KL2 Young Investigators Program. Sheri’s program of research focuses on development and testing of music therapy interventions to manage distress and improve positive health outcomes in children and adolescents with cancer and their parents. Her work has received funding from the National Institutes of Health including the National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Nursing Research, and the Children’s Oncology Group.

Helen Shoemark PhD, RMT, is an Associate Professor of Music Therapy at Temple University, Philadelphia. Her primary research focus has been on the pre-vocal expressive capability of hospitalized infants and the role of parental voice and meaningful auditory stimulation to support the development of self efficacy. She was a senior clinician at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne for 20 years. Her other research interest includes the systematic development of service delivery models for creative arts and allied health teams in children’s hospitals.

Barbara A. Else, MPA, LCAT, MT-BC, is a consultant serving as Senior Advisor, Research and Policy with the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). In this role she supports numerous professional activities including referring questions tied to copyright, licensing, and intellectual property in music therapy practice. She is the Business Manager for AMTA’s journals and serves as a Managing Editor for the Journal of Music Therapy. Prior to her work at AMTA, Barbara served as a research Project Officer/Health Science Administrator with the U.S. Public Health Service and in the private sector in pharmacoeconomics and health services research. Barbara has extensive experience as a hospital-based music therapist and as a researcher in health policy and economics. Her publication credits focus on health policy, trauma and mental health, and health economics. Contact Barbara at AMTA <else@musictherapy.org> or 301-589-3300 x114.