Publication Ethics and Research Integrity
An STM Week Event

Publication Ethics is now of importance to all those concerned with journals.  It is a point where the research process meets the everyday world of journal processes and it can become a source of embarrassment at mistaken procedures or pride in getting answers right. It is no longer a specialist area but one which all publishers have to understand what to do when something goes wrong and how to safeguard against this happening.

Peer review is central to researcher trust in publications and where much misconduct happens but ethical questions are much wider and the seminar programme acknowledges this.

This seminar is concerned with the needs of the publisher community, and how they should run their journals and advise their editors. All the speakers are or have been publishers. There is no attempt to be comprehensive but the intention is for timeliness and relevance. It is essentially practical.

Seminar Director: Anthony Watkinson, CIBER Research & University College London







Morning Keynote Presentation: Research integrity in an increasingly competitive and complex world: issues, problems, solutions

Irene Hames, Editorial and Publishing Consultant & Author of 'Peer Review and Manuscript Management in Scientific Journals'

Stories about research misconduct now regularly appear in the mainstream media.  Research integrity problems don’t, however, often come to light until work is submitted for publication or published. Journals and publishers are having to deal with a whole range of new and complex issues and problems. Not only can these be time-consuming, they may require specialist knowledge and technical expertise, and so seriously stretch resources. What are research funders and institutions doing to try to improve research integrity? What can journals and publishers do to help their research communities, and so reduce the number of problems that arise at publication stage?

Morning Keynote Presentation: Scholarly integrity and matters of trust
David Nicholas, Director, CIBER Research 
The digital transition raises doubts about the trustworthiness of scholarly communication and may usher in ‘dodgy’ practices. It is now easier to write and publish and new ‘actors’ are joining the scholarly community, which in turn means there is more sub-standard content published, plagiarism etc. The Doomsday scenario is academe will stray from chosen path, which will lead to science being devalued and nobody trusting it. It will become ‘hippy’ science. Such concerns led to an international investigation of the behaviours and perceptions of 4000 researchers. This paper will focus on four aspects of the research: a) how bad things are and are they getting worse; b) unethical practices; c) open access publishing; d) peer review.


Morning coffee break 


Practical surveys

How publishers can avoid actively harming science
Anna Sharman, Founder of Cofactor Ltd
Much of the discussion about publishing ethics focuses on misconduct among authors and editors, but what about the publishers themselves? Some have been accused of focusing more on profits than on communication of scientific information. This talk will look at what publishers can do to correct misconceptions about their costs, make up for previous decisions that are arguably still harming science, and thus improve their image among scientists.

Trying to clear up the mess
Anji Clarke, Copyright and Publication Risk Consultant
The overall aim of publication ethics is of course as lofty as it is necessary but the reality of dealing with individual problems is extremely messy mainly because it involves people. Dealing with it seems like a never ending learning curve where there are only hard lessons. This presentation gives a few pointers as to how those on the ground can help themselves. The hope is to inspire others to share any good ideas they may have.


Trust Through Transparency
Kirsty Meddings, Product Manager, CrossRef 

It’s a common misconception that if a piece of content has a DOI then it must come from a trusted source. The reality is that a DOI implies nothing other than the availability of a persistent link. As scholarly publishing has evolved, so to has Crossref, expanding our focus from “just DOIs” to our role as key infrastructure, providing the foundations on which our members and the wider scholarly community can build tools and services for authors and readers. This talk will focus on how publishers can increase trust in their content through enriched metadata and transparent policies and processes. 


Lunch & networking


 Afternoon Keynote Presentation: Clinical research and publication ethics: case studies
Jigisha Patel, Associate Editorial Director for Research Integrity, BioMed Central


Gaming altmetrics?
Euan Adie, CEO, 


Afternoon tea


Contemplating the transparency spectrum: From business suit to birthday suit

Kent Anderson, Publisher, AAAS Science


Panel session: What criteria can identify ethical publishing and publications?

Tom Mowlam, Ubiquity Press &

Lars Bjørnshauge, Managing Director, Directory of Open Access Journals


Concluding Keynote Presentation: How publishers should implement COPE aims and guidelines

Chris Graf, Vice Chair, COPE











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