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Richard A. Berger, MD; Craig Della Valle, MD; Joshua J. Jacobs, MD; Mitchell B. Sheinkop, MD; Aaron G. Rosenberg, MD; Jorge O. Galante, MD
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The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Incorporated
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2006 Nov 01;88(11):2533-2534
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R.A. Berger, C. Della Valle, J.J. Jacobs, M.B. Sheinkop, A.G. Rosenberg, and J.O. Galante reply: The editorial staff of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery has expressed concern that the two sets of papers discussed below represent duplicate publication as defined by the COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) Guidelines1. While we acted in good faith and believed at the time that the submissions of these papers were done within the boundaries of ethical behavior, in light of our recent review of the COPE guidelines and our communications with the Editor of The Journal we recognize that there is overlap in these papers that is inconsistent with the COPE guidelines. In addition, in the first set of papers, Figure 1 (a photograph of the prosthesis) was identical in both articles; we were in error by not obtaining permission from the publisher of the first paper prior to the publication of the second paper. We wish to express our regrets to the editorial staff of The Journal as well as to its readership. To ensure that there is a clear demarcation between clinical studies submitted for publication in the future, an oversight committee in our department has been established to vet manuscripts before submission for publication. Given the circumstances presented below, we will pay particular attention to those papers that are submitted in response to an invitation to participate in a special symposium or are submitted for inclusion in proceedings from subspecialty meetings, especially if the studies involve a patient cohort that has been the subject of previous publications. If there is any question about potential overlap, this will be brought to the attention of the author, who will address this in the cover letter to the journal. This will ensure transparency for the editors and reviewers.
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