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Charleston Conference 2019

4 November 2019 - 9:00am to 8 November 2019 - 5:00pm
Charleston, USA

The Charleston Conference is an informal annual gathering of librarians, publishers, electronic resource managers, consultants, and vendors of library materials in Charleston, SC, in November, to discuss issues of importance to them all. It is designed to be a collegial gathering of individuals from different areas who discuss the same issues in a non-threatening, friendly, and highly informal environment.

COPE Chair, Deborah Poff, will be speaking about the publication ethics challenges in arts, humanities, and social sciences and what this means for librarians. Also in this session giving different perspectives on the issues are Jennie McMillan, Taylor and Francis and Claire Sewell, Cambridge University Library.


New primary research published by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and Routledge examines the publication ethics challenges in arts, humanities, and social sciences (AHSS). While ethics cases may appear to be less prevalent in this field, when they do arise, they can be some of the most serious. From the tension between language quality and inclusion, to issues around data fabrication, a range of current and emerging challenges are confronting researchers in AHSS.

As both mentors to researchers and as researchers in their own right, librarians have a role to play in addressing these challenges.

The session will cover:

  • The top publication ethics issues in the fields of arts, humanities, and social sciences as reported by journal editors;
  • How librarians can play a role in addressing these issues in their role as a mentor on scholarly communications for researchers;
  • The implications for librarians publishing their own research.

We understand that this is the first research of its kind specifically focused on the entire AHSS community, so shines a light on an important pillar of robust, peer-reviewed research.

The audience will come away with an understanding of the main research findings, as well as with knowledge of best practice resources in publication ethics, to embed in their day-to-day support.


Jennie McMillan, Director of Marketing (Taylor & Francis)

Claire Sewell, Research Skills Coordinator / Social Media Editor (Cambridge University Library / New Review of Academic Librarianship)

Deborah Poff, Chair (Committee on Publication Ethics)

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