COPE North American Seminar 2016

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Wednesday August 10, 2016

10.45am - 6pm

Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, USA








COPE is delighted to announce its 7th North American Seminar, which will be held in collaboration with ISMTE (International Society of Managing and Technical Editors), on Wednesday August 10, 2016, at the Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, USA.

The theme of this year's seminar is “Ethics in peer review”. Editors, publishers, authors and all those interested in publication ethics are welcome to attend.

The seminar will include invited talks, in addition to workshop sessions in the afternoon with discussion of cases.

The full program will be available shortly.


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

The Seminar is free for COPE members, US$300 for non-members and US$150 for ISMTE members who are not members of COPE (and attending only the COPE seminar).

ISMTE have kindly arranged for COPE members to attend the ISMTE 2-day conference at the ISMTE member rate of $375 USD (early registration fee, and then $425 USD after July 1). If you wish to attend the ISMTE conference as a COPE member, contact us here for the code. The ISMTE conference details can be found here. Registration for the ISMTE conference will open shortly.

Registration for the COPE seminar will close on July 22, 2016.


A special rate of $160 USD plus taxes and fees per night (until July 11, 2011) for attendees to stay at the  Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue has been secured. The special room rate will be available until July 11 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.

Click here to reserve online.

Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue
4200 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, 19131
Phone:  (215) 879-4000


The seminar will include invited talks from:

In addition, there will be:

  • Panel discussion on  "Who owns peer reviews” The panellists are:

           —Anne Coghill, Peer Review Operations, American Chemical Society Publications
           —Tara Hoke, General Counsel, American Society of Civil Engineers, and COPE Council member
           —Pete Binfield, PeerJ

  • Interactive cases workshop.
  • Opportunities to network and share your experiences and challenges.

The PROGRAM is available HERE.


Alison McCook

Alison McCook has been working as a science journalist for nearly 20 years. Her work has appeared in publications aimed at both scientists and non-scientists, ranging from Popular Science and Scientific American to Science and Nature. She was the Deputy Editor of The Scientist, and is now the editor of Retraction Watch, which covers fraud in science and is building the first database of retractions in the academic literature. She has a Master’s Degree in Science, Health, and Environmental Journalism from New York University, and is based in Philadelphia.



Kristen Overstreet

Betsy Donohue

Kristen Overstreet is a managing editor and Senior Partner at Origin Editorial, LLC, a company that provides consultation and peer-review management services.  She is chair of the International Society for Managing and Technical Editors’ (ISMTE) Education and Nominating Committees and the Immediate Past President of the Board of Directors.   Kristen began editorial work in 1998 and currently manages titles in a variety of disciplines.  She enjoys researching, writing, and presenting on best practices in peer review and editorial office management.




Jigisha Patel

Betsy Donohue

Jigisha leads the Research Integrity Group at BioMed Central with overall responsibility for standards and expertise in publication ethics and in high quality, rigorous peer review. Jigisha earned her first degree in Medicine and her PhD on postprandial physiology from Queen Mary, University of London. Before joining BioMed Central in 2007, she spent several years in hospital clinical practice in the UK  and a year at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, USA for her PhD. She has taught on the Professional Development course for medical students at University College London Medical School and human biology at the Open University. She is currently involved in research on publication ethics and peer review.




Anne Coghill

Anne CoghillAnne Coghill is Manager, Peer Review Operations, in the American Chemical Society Publications Division.  Anne and her colleagues work with nearly 500 editorial offices responsible for managing the peer review process for ACS’s journals.  The group also manages ACS Paragon Plus, ACS’s manuscript submission and peer review environment.  In her tenure with ACS, Anne has worked in both the journal and book publishing programs.  She has a bachelor of science in chemistry from Illinois State University and a master’s in management from Northwestern University.  Anne is also the coeditor The ACS Style Guide, third edition.



Tara Hoke

Tara Hoke received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2005. Currently, she is General Counsel for the American Society of Civil Engineers, publisher of 35 peer-reviewed journals in the subject of civil engineering research and practice.





Pete Binfield

Pete BinfieldPete Binfield is the co-founder (with Jason Hoyt) and publisher of PeerJ, an open access journal which operates ‘optional open peer review’ (whereby authors can choose to make their review comments public, and reviewers can choose to name themselves). Pete has been in academic publishing for more than 20 years—prior to founding PeerJ he ran PLOS ONE and before that he worked at a variety of subscription publishers (including SAGE, Kluwer, Springer and IoPP).