June 2010

News / Follow COPE on Facebook and Twitter

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Opinion / Ghostauthors, ghost management and the manipulation of medical research

There are three articles in the June issue of Bioethics on different aspects of ghostwriting.

The first article, by Tobenna D Anekwe, “Profits and plagiarism: the case of medical ghostwriting” argues that “medical ghostwriting often involves plagiarism and, in those cases, can be treated as an act of research misconduct” and suggests measures to counter ghostwriting.

Opinion / When the law intervenes in peer review - articles from the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health

There’s a interesting paper and editorial published in May in the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. The article is entitled PCL-R Psychopathy: Threats to Sue, Peer Review, and Implications for Science and Law.

Opinion / CMAJ news story on funding withdrawal for Canadian Research ethics council

The news story reports that the National Council on Ethics in Human Research (NCEHR), has had its funding withdrawn by Health Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.  Apparently this will primarily affect education, but also scotches the possibility that the Council would devolp into a Canadian national accrediting and oversight body for research ethics boards.

News / Ethical editing - Summer 2010 issue

Download the Summer issue of Ethical Editing, the newsletter from COPE (http://publicationethics.org/newsletters).
This issue's theme is Plagiarism, following on from our recent annual seminar. We would very much welcome any feedback or comments you may have. Please contact us via the website.

Opinion / Nature news story on publication of trial data

The story relates to an announcement on June 10 by the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations.  An exerpt from the IFPMA press release states:

Opinion / A report of the second seminar of Iranian Medical Journal editors

We received this report from Behrooz Astaneh, Deputy Editor of the Iranian Journal of Medical Sciences.

Behrooz can be contacted on astanehb@yahoo.com

The second seminar of Iranian Medical Journal editors- A Report

News / Forum agenda for 8 June 2010 meeting

Download the agenda and materials for the 8 June 2010 Forum (Download PDF, 237kb).