Old books in my local second hand bookshop
The COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) Seminar: An Introductions to Publication Ethics, was held on Friday 13th May 2016, in Oxford.
Being fairly new to this being an editor business, and the workshop being so local, I took the opportunity to go, and found it all really useful. Not only from my perspective as someone in charge of a journal, but also from the data management and publication point of view. A lot of the issues raised during the workshop, like attribution, authorship, plagiarism etc. are just as easily applied to datasets as they are to journal articles.
The workshop was a mixture of talks and discussion sessions, where we were given examples of actual cases that COPE had been told about, and we had to discuss and decide what the best course of action was. Then we were told what the response from the COPE members was in those particular cases - reassuringly we were pretty much in agreement in all cases!
Key notes that I jotted down during the day include:
- Retractions of papers are growing at a rate faster than publications
- An emerging area of concern is the growth of fake peer reviewers
- Ethical guidelines for peer reviewers are available on the COPE website, along with other guidelines
- Similarly, there are flowcharts on the COPE site to guide you through what to do if you suspect an ethical problem
- Report for the Nuffield Council on Bioethics on the culture of scientific research
- Academy of Medical Sciences - Reproducibility and reliability of biomedical research
- Some authors will put in white quotation marks around text to get around plagiarism detection software
The main take home message for me was that COPE have a lot of resources on their website, all free to use.