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COPE Seminar 2021

27 September 2021 (All day) to 1 October 2021 (All day)

Together shaping the future of publication ethics

COPE seminar 2021

Taking place over a week, the online seminar will include a variety of sessions, with speakers invited to share their experiences.

Please read the COPE code of conduct for meetings and events before attending any of the sessions.

Registration for the Seminar has now closed.


Keynote address

Monday 27 September 2021, 14:00-15:00 (British Summer Time) (UTC +1) Find out what time this is in your country

COPE’s new Chair, Dan Kulp, will launch the seminar. Dan Kulp with give an overview of recent COPE projects and resources, and look at new activities in the pipeline.

COPE's past-Chair, Deborah Poff, will give the keynote address 'The evolving relationship between universities and scholarly publishers: where do we go next?'.

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Trustworthy AI for the future of publishing

Tuesday 28 September 2021 11:00-12:15 (British Summer Time) (UTC +1) Find out what time this is in your country

This session will provide an overview of COPE’s recommendations regarding AI decision-making in publishing, followed by presentations by two experts who will highlight the differences between algorithms, machine learning and artificial intelligence, with the associated new developments to improve publishing practices for manuscript preparation and peer review, as well as share insights on the general ethical considerations on the use of AI in decision-making across domains, transparency of operations, and biases in AI systems.

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Ethical practice in research data publication - challenges, lessons and opportunities

Tuesday 28 September 2021, 16:00-17:15 (British Summer Time) (UTC +1) Find out what time this is in your country

FORCE11 Research Data Publishing Ethics Working Group, in collaboration with COPE, is developing guidelines and resources to support journal editors, data repositories, and institutions in the handling of ethics cases related to research data. The resources will be presented and speakers will discuss their experience with ethics cases related to research data publication. There will be opportunities for feedback from the audience on their own experience to inform the Working Group’s next steps.

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Authorship for sale - how do we deal with the growing problem of paper mills?

Wednesday 29 September 2021, 11:00-12:30 (British Summer Time) (UTC +1) Find out what time this is in your country

What are paper mills, why do they exist, and why are they are a problem? Paper mills cause issues for publishers and journals, especially smaller journals. What to look out for, and how to deal with them, will be reviewed by a panel of four speakers.

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Reducing the inadvertent spread of retracted science: taxonomy considerations

Wednesday 29 September 2021, 15:00-16:00 (British Summer Time) (UTC +1) Find out what time this is in your country

Findings from the Sloan funded project, "Reducing the inadvertent spread of retracted science” will be discussed. Panelists will share resources for educating authors, editors, and other stakeholders about the importance of retraction, ideas for emerging cross industry collaborations, and suggestions for implementation strategies in various institutional contexts and workflows.

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Driving diversity, equity, and inclusion to shape the future of publication ethics

Thursday 30 September 2021, 12:00-13:15 (British Summer Time) (UTC +1) Find out what time this is in your country

A panel will discuss current issues relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion: creating a diverse editorial board; demographic data collection; and managing allegations of discriminatory behaviour.

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Ethical authorship versus fraudulent authorship

Thursday 30 September 2021, 15:00-16:00 (British Summer Time) (UTC +1) Find out what time this is in your country

Unethical authorship practices include guest, gift, and ghost authorship, as well as not obtaining consent from co-authors and adding fake names as co-authors. Knowingly publishing in predatory journals or using paper mills to buy or sell authorship could also be classed as fraudulent authorship. Ways of promoting ethical authorship and preventing fraudulent authorship will be covered in this session. The CRediT (Contributor Roles Taxonomy) system, authorship definitions and policies, and relevant operating procedures and education will be reviewed from institutional and publishing perspectives.

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Introduction to publication ethics

Friday 1 October 2021, 12:00-13:30 (British Summer Time) (UTC +1) Find out what time this is in your country

Designed for new and inexperienced editors, this workshop-type introduction to publication ethics will provide information about COPE and its resources, including COPE’s eLearning course and audit tool. The overview of COPE will be followed by discussion of several cases on different issues in an interactive session with polls and feedback from attendees.

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How do publication ethics practices for journals apply to book publishing?

Friday 1 October 2021, 15:00-16:00 (British Summer Time) (UTC +1) Find out what time this is in your country

Panel discussion specific to book publishing.

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Registration for the Seminar has now closed.