COPE European Seminar and Workshop 2015

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In cooperation with the Representation of the State of Hessen to the European Union


Thursday-Friday 16-17 April 2015

Representation of the State of Hessen to the European Union, Rue Montoyer 21, 1000 Brussels, Belgium





Poster submission


COPE is delighted to announce the COPE European Seminar and Workshop 2015, being held for the second time in Brussels, Belgium, on Thursday-Friday 16-17 April 2015 at the Representation of the State of Hessen to the European Union, Rue Montoyer 21, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

The theme of this year's European seminar is “Weighed and measured: how metrics shape publication (mis)behaviour”. Editors, publishers, authors and all those interested in publication ethics are welcome to attend. The full programme will be available shortly.

In addition to the all day seminar on Friday 17 April, COPE is holding a half-day Workshop on Thursday 16 April (2-5pm) with discussion of ethical cases and an interactive workshop on "Implementing COPE guidelines in author instructions".


Please register for the COPE seminar by completing the form below.

The seminar is free for COPE members and £300 for non-members. Numbers are limited and early booking is advisable.

Registration will close on 3 April 2015.


Please contact the COPE administrator if you would like advice on hotels in the area.


The seminar will include invited talks from:

  • Euan Adie, founder of Altmetric
  • Lisa Colledge, Director of Research Metrics, Elsevier
  • Sarah de Rijcke, CWTS, Leiden University,

In addition, there will be:

  • Panel discussion on  "Using metrics for evaluation to foster ethical publishing"

       The panellists are:

        —Jonathan Montgomery, Chair, Health Research Authority and Nuffield Council on Bioethics
        —Mike Thelwall, University of Wolverhampton, UK
        —Wolfram Gerlich, Justus Liebig University Giessen

  • Interactive workshop on "Designing a new COPE flowchart".
  • Opportunities to network and share your experiences and challenges.

The full SEMINAR programme can be downloaded here (pdf 163 kb).

The WORKSHOP programme can be downloaded here (pdf 159 kb).


Euan Adie

Organisation: Altmetric
Euan Adie is the founder of Altmetric, a company that provides article level metrics to publishers, funders and institutions. Before that he was a senior product manager at Nature Publishing Group where he looked after products ranging from an online reference manager to NPG's mobile apps. Euan was originally a computational biologist, working in psychiatric genetics . 


Lisa Colledge

Organisation: Elsevier

Dr Lisa Colledge is an expert in the use of research metrics. She is responsible for developing and defining Elsevier’s research metrics strategy. She started by working with editors and learned societies to develop strategies to improve journals’ standings. She then joined the Elsevier Research Intelligence product group, which most recently launched SciVal. Lisa also represents Elsevier in Snowball Metrics, in which universities agree methods to generate metrics, from all data sources available, to support international benchmarking. Prior to joining Elsevier, Lisa conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Edinburgh. She holds both a DPhil and an MA from the University of Oxford.

Sarah de Rijcke

Organisation: CWTS, Leiden University

Dr Sarah de Rijcke is a senior researcher at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS, Leiden University). Her work focuses on the growing use of assessment procedures and bibliometric indicators in academic settings. AT CWTS, De Rijcke leads a research group, Evaluation Practices in Context (EPIC). The group studies the effects evaluation systems have on the organisation and content of research. Current projects analyse empirically the processes around research evaluation that happen ‘under the radar’ of official policy documents, codified evaluation procedures, bibliometric analyses, etc, including informal decentralised ways in which evaluations are applied within the science system. 


Jonathan Montgomery

Organisation: Nuffield Council on Bioethics, Health Research Authority and University College London

Jonathan is Professor of Health Care Law at University College London, Chair of the Health Research Authority and also of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. He is a member of the panel of advisers to the Morecambe Bay Investigation into maternal and neonatal deaths, due to report in 2015. His previous national chair roles include the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (2005–14) and the Human Genetics Commission (2009–12). He has served on local NHS boards in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight for over 20 years up to March 2013. He chaired the UK Clinical Research Collaboration Working Party on a Strategy for Brain Tissue Banking, and sits on the Scientific Steering Committee of Brain Banks UK. He is a member of the Committee on the Ethical Aspects of Pandemic Influenza. He sat on the Organ Donation Taskforce for its work on presumed consent and has been a member of the Medical Ethics Committee of the British Medical Association. He has been involved in the preparation of ethical guidance in a number of areas of health practice. 

Mike Thelwall

Organisation: University of Wolverhampton, UK

Mike Thelwall is Professor of Information Science, Leader of the Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group at the University of Wolverhampton, UK, and a research associate at the Oxford Internet Institute. Mike has developed software and methods for gathering and analysing web data, including altmetrics, webometrics and scientometrics. He has published 240 refereed journal articles, 23 chapters and two books, including Introduction to Webometrics, and his work has been cited over 12,000 times in Google Scholar. He is an associate editor of the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology and sits on three other editorial boards.    

Wolfram Gerlich

Organisation: Justus-Liebig-University, Giessen

Professor Emeritus Wolfram H Gerlich is an internationally recognised expert in viral diseases, particularly in hepatitis B virus, known for developing novel diagnostic tests and for discoveries regarding the structure of this important human pathogen. Dr Gerlich’s research interests range from basic molecular biology to public health. He was a scientist and lecturer at the Universities in Frankfurt, Stanford (California) and Göttingen, and for 20 years Full Professor of Medical Virology at the Justus-Liebig-University (JLU) Giessen, Germany. He has published 345 articles in international journals or books, edited a book on Medical Virology, and headed several collaborative research projects on infectious disease research funded by the German Research Foundation and the European Union. He was founding member of the German Association for Virology, and Chairman of the Committee for Viral Safety. He has received several scientific awards, including an Honorary Doctor degree from the University of Latvia. In 2009, he was appointed ombudsperson for assurance of good scientific practice at JLU. Since then he has been approached several times in cases of suspected misconduct concerning scientific publications

Poster submission

COPE also invites you to submit your research on publication ethics for presentation as a poster at the seminar.

The deadline for abstract submissions is 28 February 2015. Authors will be informed in mid-March 2015 whether their abstract has been accepted. Posters to present successful abstracts should be about 140cm wide by 90cm high.

The topics considered will be publication ethics-oriented research or information about ethical policies, techniques, collaborations, and initiatives that COPE members and others attending the COPE seminar will be interested in learning about. COPE will assess submitted abstracts for quality, relevance and suitability for presentation at COPE's seminar. Examples of posters from last year's seminar can be seen here.

One abstract author must be a COPE member and should be able to attend the COPE seminar on 17 April 2015 in Brussels, Belgium.

For more information and to submit your poster click here: