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An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

We have read with great interest a recent commentary in Nature about scientific research organizations hiring integrity reviewers to vet their manuscripts before publication. According to the article, several European institutions have now hired external companies or dedicated in-house experts to check research manuscripts before they are submitted to journals.
The institutions say the cost of the endeavor is worthwhile, not only for the immediate benefit of the checks, but also because it can help them to spot areas in which their scientists need extra training.

In some cases, there is another important reason for introducing such pre-submission reviews – the need to restore the reputation of a research institution that has been negatively affected by cases of fraud and misconduct. Some organizations even plan to test the possibility of introducing a certification system for good scientific practice with pre-submission manuscript checks as an optional item on these certificates. As Benjamin Franklin once said: ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’.
However, we often seem to neglect the wisdom of great minds of the past and prefer to learn from own mistakes.

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