Publication ethics in public health emergencies

J Public Health (Oxf). 2017 Sep 1;39(3):640-643. doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdw067.


In this article, we describe and analyse three issues in publication ethics that are raised when conducting research in emergencies and disasters. These include reluctance to share data and samples because of concerns about publications, loss of individual authorship in high high-profile multi-entity publications, and the deaths of authors during dangerous research projects. An emergency research pledge may be useful in avoiding some of these issues.

Keywords: Ebola; authorship; datasharing; disasters; emergencies; publication ethics; research integrity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Authorship
  • Disease Outbreaks / ethics
  • Emergencies*
  • Ethics, Research
  • Hemorrhagic Fever, Ebola / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Information Dissemination / ethics
  • Public Health / ethics*
  • Publications / ethics*