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COPE European Seminar 2017




Thursday 25 May 2017

9.30am - 5.00pm

Cowdray Hall, RCN, 20 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0RN







COPE Panel discussion:

The panel discussion will be in the afternoon of the Seminar. This is your chance to ask the COPE panel questions for discussion. Send your questions to us and hear from the panel on the day.


COPE's European Seminar 2017 will be on Thursday, 25 May 2017, in London—20 Cavendish Square, RCN, London W1G 0RN. Join us to celebrate 20 years of COPE, with a special programme reflecting on past challenges and future outlook for research and publication ethics.

The seminar will include invited talks from international speakers, as well as a panel discussion looking forward, including what new technolgoies and new models might help in the future. 

The full programme will be available shortly and will include:

  • How publication ethics has changed in 20 years – Dr Elizabeth (Liz) Wager, international consultant on peer review and publication ethics 
  • An institutional perspective of publication ethics – Dr Jane Jacobs view as Director of the Office of Research Ethics and Integrity at Queensland University of Technology
  • Where COPE is today and the challenges it faces – COPE co-Vice-chairs, Chris Graf and Geri Pearson
  • Global publication ethics – what’s happening further afield. Views across Asia-Pacific – Professor Mai Har Sham, University of Hong Kong
  • Looking forward to new technologies, new models – a panel discussion chaired by Ginny Barbour, COPE Chair. Including Robert Kiley, Head of Digital Services, Wellcome Open Research; and Iain Hrynaszkiewicz, Head of Data Publishing, Open Research, Springer Nature


Session 1: Publication ethics: past, present and future

  • Looking forward: the increasingly diverse universe that publication ethics has to address

Session 2: Publication ethics and institutions

  • The paper, the publishers, the protagonist and the academic setting
  • Translating institutional integrity issues into educational initiatives across Asia-Pacific

COPE Panel discussion: This is your chance to ask the COPE panel questions for discussion. Send your questions to us and hear from the panel on the day.

See the full programme here.


Jane Jacobs

Director of the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Office of Research Ethics and Integrity in Brisbane, Australia

Dr Jane Jacobs is the founding Director of the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Office of Research Ethics and Integrity in Brisbane, Australia. In this senior leadership role, Jane has overseen the implementation of the university’s research integrity program aimed at promoting responsible research practice and the development of the mechanism to managing allegations of research misconduct.

Jane has had a leading role in research ethics, research integrity and health technology assessment in Australia over the past two decades. In particular as a key advisor and membership of the National Health and Medical Research Councils working groups responsible for;  the development of a national framework for harmonised ethics review for multicentre research; revision of guidance of embryo and stem cell research, foetal tissue use; State representative and advisor for private health industry medical devices expert committee and ethics advisor for the Population Health Research Network responsible for the establishment of national data linkage infrastructure capability for the secure and safe managing health information from around Australia for use in research. 

Mai Har Sham

Mai Har ShamAssociate Vice President (Research) of the University of Hong Kong

Professor Sham is the Associate Vice President (Research) of the University of Hong Kong. She assists the university senior management team in developing the University’s research in Hong Kong and mainland China, research integrity policy and education, as well as postgraduate education profile.

Professor Sham obtained her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Cambridge. She received her postdoctoral training in Developmental Genetics in the National Institute for Medical Research in London, U.K., before joining the University of Hong Kong. She served as Assistant Dean (Research) and Head of the Department of Biochemistry in the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine. She is currently Convener of the Research Cluster of Developmental and Stem Cell Biology in the School of Biomedical Sciences in the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, the University of Hong Kong. As a developmental geneticist, Professor Sham leads a research team focuses on the molecular mechanisms of mammalian development and mouse models of human congenital disorders. Her research programmes cover areas of gene regulation in development, molecular control of neural crest differentiation, genetic bases and mutant mouse models of human diseases, and neural stem cells.


Liz Wager

Liz WagerFreelance publications consultant and trainer

Dr Elizabeth (Liz) Wager is a freelance publications consultant and trainer who has worked with scientists, editors and writers on six continents. Before setting up her company, Sideview, she worked in the publishing and pharmaceutical industries (for Blackwell Scientific, Janssen Cilag and GlaxoSmithKline). She chaired the Committee on Publication Ethics (2009-12) and is a member of the ethics committees of the BMJ and World Association of Medical Editors. She is Visiting Professor at the University of Split School of Medicine, Fellow of the UK EQUATOR Network and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Research Integrity & Peer Review.She is a co-author of Good Publication Practice for Pharmaceutical Companies (2003), GPP3 (2015), the European Medical Writers Association guidelines on the role of medical writers (2005), the Wiley-Blackwell Best Practice Guidelines on Publication Ethics (2006), COPE flowcharts for journal editors and the author of books on ‘Getting Research Published: an A to Z of Publication Strategy’ (3rd edition 2016) and ‘How to Survive Peer Review’. She has published widely on peer review and publication ethics. In 2010 she was awarded a PhD for a thesis entitled ‘Peer review and editorial processes for improving the quality of research reporting’.


Iain Hrynaszkiewicz

Iain HrynaszkiewiczHead of Data Publishing at Springer Nature

Iain Hrynaszkiewicz is Head of Data Publishing at Springer Nature where his team develop research data publishing policies, publications, platform features and services across Springer Nature. He is also publisher of Nature Research Group’s Scientific Data journal. In 2015 he launched Palgrave Communications, a multidisciplinary open access journal for humanities and social sciences and helped develop Palgrave’s open access books programme. Iain previously worked as Outreach Director at Faculty of 1000 and spent seven years at the first open access publisher BioMed Central as an Editor and Publisher of multidisciplinary journals, and databases. He regularly leads and contributes to community initiatives and working groups on data sharing and reproducible research. He has published numerous articles, related to data sharing, open access,  and open data - one of which has been cited more than 130 times

Deborah Kahn

Deborah KahnPublishing Director, Medicine and Open Access at Taylor & Francis

Deborah Kahn has worked in scholarly publishing for over 30 years, starting in books and journals production, moving through acquisitions to senior management positions: most recently with Springer Nature as Executive Vice President BioMed Central and currently as Publishing Director, Medicine and Open Access at Taylor & Francis, where she also chairs the Ethics Committee. During her career she has gained an advanced understanding and experience of ethical issues in research and journals publishing. At BioMed Central, she established one of the first Research Integrity teams in a publishing company, and introduced a training programme for Editors and regular Editors’ conferences which included hands-on workshops for Editors concerning ethical issues. In 2014, Deborah was responsible for leading the response to the discovery of the fake reviewers, in close cooperation with COPE. In 2015, she coordinated efforts between the Think, Check, Submit campaign to educate authors on how to recognise ethical publications. She has served on the Board of OASPA, as a member of the EC-funded SOAP project, an expert advisor to the European Science Foundation, on the Serials Publishers Executive of the Publishers Association and the training committee of STM.

Robert Kiley

Robert Kiley Head of Open Research at the Wellcome Trust

Robert Kiley is Head of Open Research at the Wellcome Trust where he is responsible for developing and implementing a strategy to ensure that researchers are equipped, empowered and motivated the make research outputs findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable (FAIR) and to use these outputs to accelerate research and improve health.

Over the past decade Robert has played a leading role in the implementation of the Trust’s open access policy and overseeing the development of the Europe PubMed Central ( repository.  Robert also acts as the Trust’s point of contact for eLife (, the top-tier, open-access research journal, launched in 2012 with the support of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society and the Wellcome Trust, and more recently championed the work to create a new open publishing platform for Wellcome researchers – Wellcome Open Research (

Robert is a qualified librarian and an Associate Member of CILIP. Robert also sits as a Director on the ORCID ( Board.


Registration for the COPE seminar is closed.