I want to re-publish my research data with revised analysis. Is this considered acceptable?
I published my research in a journal two years ago. While trying to reproduce my studies, I stumbled upon a new method of data analysis. Can I publish the same study with this new analysis?
Thank you for reaching out to us with your query. As per the existing research ethics guidelines, the same study can be published with different analyses and conclusions, provided you cite the original work and provided the deductions are sufficiently new and genuinely unique. But there are some rules that need to be kept in mind. Check the target journal’s author guidelines and try to send a pre-submission query, if that facility is made available to you by your target journal. Repetition of data should be minimal. You need to emphasize more on the data analysis. Data analysis determines systematically applying statistical and/or logical techniques to describe and illustrate, condense and recap, and evaluate data. Hence, the new method of data analysis should satisfy these requirements. If the analyses and the conclusions are not sufficiently novel/unique and if you cannot differentiate them from those already published, then you might be charged with self-plagiarism. If you fail to produce enough data to counterattack the charges, then your paper might face retraction.