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A new perspective of the ethics of scholarly writing is described that may overcome some of the problems associated with more familiar approaches to solving the ethical dilemmas that writers face. Instead of relying on an external standard, such as a code of ethics, authors are encouraged to internalize the ethics of scholarly writing as a part of developing their own moral identity. Socialization into a profession is discussed as an incubator of moral identity. Several assumptions are put forward in support of these perspectives.