Salami Slicing

Salami slicing, also known as salami publishing or minimal/least publishable units, refers to inappropriate fragmentation of data to inflate academic outputs. An unethical practice detrimental to science and society, salami slicing should be avoided by researchers at any stage of their career. This entry first defines salami slicing and then discusses why this practice is harmful, how common the practice is, and how to avoid salami slicing.

Defining Salami Slicing

Salami slicing represents a piecemeal approach to publication, where content that could have been published in one paper is artificially divided into multiple papers. Salami slicing may or may not involve self-plagiarism and is distinct from duplicate, redundant, or dual publication, which refers to publishing identical or very similar intellectual content multiple times.

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