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COPE North American Seminar 2019

Challenges and solutions: Issues of inclusivity and diversity in the humanities and social sciences

On: Friday 3rd May 2019

From: 8.30am - 4pm

At: Wyndham Hotel, 400 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19106, USA





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The 2019 COPE North American Seminar will be of special interest to editors and publishers in arts, humanities, and social sciences (AHSS), but it will address best practices that support diversity and inclusion, which are concerns for everyone involved in publishing.

Two panels of internationally known speakers will address topics such as diversity and inclusion throughout the publication process (authorship, peer review, etc) and developing a code of publication ethics that addresses the unique needs of the AHSS community.

The seminar will also include an interactive cases workshop.


During the day we will break for informal networking and reflecting with two coffee breaks, morning and afternon, and a buffet lunch. 

Session 1: Inclusion and diversity in journal publishing in the humanities

Talks and speakers:

  • Creating a more diverse and inclusive ecosystem in scholarly communications
    Peter Berkery, Executive Director, Association of University Presses, and Coalition for Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarly Communication  
  • First nations and indigenous ways of knowing
    Margo Greenwood, Academic Leader, National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health
  • Women also know: fostering inclusive practices for humanities scholarship
    Karin Wulf, Professor of History and Director of the Omohundro Institute, William and Mary University, Williamsburg, Virginia

Session 2: Developing publication ethics policies in the arts, humanities and social sciences

Talks and speakers:

  • Ethical challenges in the arts, humanities and social sciences: initial research findings and solutions
    Kath Burton, Associate Editorial Director, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
  • In the aftermath of authorship violations in philosophy: problems and solutions
    Michael V Dougherty, Professor of Philosophy , Ohio Dominican University, Columbus, Ohio
  • Just ideas? The status and future of publication ethics in philosophy
    Rebecca Kennison, Principal and Executive Director, K|N Consultants 

Session 3: Cases workshop 

An interactive workshop in small groups where you have the chance to work through real cases and suggest what needs to happen next. The cases are:
- Author of rejected paper publicly names and criticises peer reviewer
- Editor and reviewers requiring authors to cite their own work
- Possible plagiarism in a book
- Paper B plagiarised paper A: what to do if a journal does not respond?
- Request by organisation to retract article and publish expression of concern
- Victim of article theft wants correction to list their name, not retraction

See final program

COPE North American Seminar 2019 Program



Peter Berkery has been Executive Director of Association of University Presses (AAUP) since 2013. He was Vice President and Publisher for the US Law Division at Oxford University Press for the previous 5 years. Prior to that he worked for Wolters Kluwer for 11 years in a series of positions, publishing works on securities licensing examination training, securities law, taxation, and financial planning. He began his publishing career at a division of Thomson Reuters. Peter has extensive experience in government affairs and association management. He has been Director of Government Affairs for the National Society of Accountants and Government Relations Counsel for the National Paint and Coatings Association, and has served as Assistant Executive Director and Staff Counsel for a division of the American Trucking Associations. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Accreditation Counsel for Accountancy and Taxation, and as its President. Peter has a BA in Classical Studies from Boston College, and both an MA and a JD from The American University, as well as a Master of Laws in Taxation from George Washington University. 

Kath Burton profile picKath Burton is the Associate Editorial Director for arts and humanities journals at Routledge, Taylor & Francis. Working in collaboration with scholarly societies, editors, researchers and practitioners across humanities and social sciences disciplines, she has developed a broad understanding of the key challenges faced by the global HSS research and practice community. Her specific interests in publication ethics are related to author/artist rights, re-use, sharing and digital collaboration across the humanities and beyond academia. Outside of scholarly communications, she is devoted to her Boxer dog (who really owns me) and developing her collection of rye whiskies.

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Michael V Dougherty holds the Sr Ruth Caspar Chair in Philosophy at Ohio Dominican University. His research interests include publication ethics and the history of ethics. Over the last decade, he has been involved in securing dozens of retractions, errata, and corrigenda for published articles in the discipline of philosophy and in related fields. His work in generating corrections for academic plagiarism and other authorship violations has been featured on Retraction Watch and on other academic news outlets. His most recent book is Correcting the Scholarly Record for Research Integrity: In the Aftermath of Plagiarism, published by Springer in 2018 in the series Research Ethics Forum. He is also author of Moral Dilemmas in Medieval Thought: From Gratian to Aquinas and has edited Aquinas’s Disputed Questions on Evil: A Critical Guide and Pico della Mirandola: New Essays.

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Margo Greenwood, Academic Leader of the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health, is an Indigenous scholar of Cree ancestry with years of experience focused on the health and well being of Indigenous children, families and communities. She is also Vice-President of Aboriginal Health for the Northern Health Authority in British Columbia and Professor in both the First Nations Studies and Education programs at the University of Northern British Columbia. While her academic work crosses disciplines and sectors, she is particularly recognized regionally, provincially, nationally and internationally for her work in early childhood care and education of Indigenous children and for public health. Margo has served on numerous national and provincial federations, committees and assemblies, and has undertaken work with UNICEF, the United Nations, the Canadian Council on Social Determinants of Health, Public Health Network of Canada, and the Canadian Institute of Health Research, specifically, the Institute for Aboriginal Peoples Health. Margo received the Queen's Jubilee medal in 2002 in recognition of her tireless work to promote awareness and policy action on the rights and well being of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children, youth and families. In 2010, she was named ‘Academic of the Year’ by the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of British Columbia, and in the following year, she was honoured with the National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Education.

Rebecca Kennison is the Principal and Executive Director of K|N Consultants, a not-for-profit organization that provides strategic and operational guidance via a range of consultation services to academic institutions and organizations, academic, national and public libraries, learned and scholarly societies, scholarly publishers and university presses, government agencies, private foundations, and other mission driven organizations. Prior to working full time at K|N, she was the founding director of the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, a division of the Columbia University Libraries, where she was responsible for developing programs to facilitate scholarly research and the communication of that research through technology solutions. Kennison has worked primarily in the scholarly publishing industry, including production leadership roles at Cell Press, Blackwell Publishing (now Wiley-Blackwell), and the ope -access publisher Public Library of Science (PLOS).

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Karin Wulf is Executive Director of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, a journal and books publisher (with partner UNC Press), as well as funder and convener. She is Professor of History at William and Mary, the author or editor of award winning scholarly books and essays, and the co-founder of Women Also Know History.  She is a Chef for the Scholarly Kitchen, the blog of the Society for Scholarly Publishing.


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Registration will close on 18 April 2019.

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