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COPE Seminar 2021

Together shaping the future of publication ethics

COPE seminar 2021

Taking place over a week, the online seminar included a variety of sessions, with speakers invited to share their experiences. The videos are available to watch again.

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Keynote address

COPE’s new Chair, Dan Kulp, launched the seminar. Dan Kulp gave an overview of recent COPE projects and resources, and looked at new activities in the pipeline.

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

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Ethical authorship versus fraudulent authorship

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 are looked at from institutional and publishing perspectives.

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Trustworthy AI for the future of publishing

This session provides 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

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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Reducing the inadvertent spread of retracted science: taxonomy considerations

Findings from the Sloan funded project, "Reducing the inadvertent spread of retracted science” was discussed. Panelists shared 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

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

The speakers look into publication ethics issues that apply to books books, how that is evolving, and whether publication ethics issues in books are similar to issues seen in journals. They also give their perspective, as publishers, and share their experience, comparing book and journal ethical issues and guidance.

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Introduction to publication ethics

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

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

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, were reviewed by a panel of four speakers.

Watch paper mills webinar (available to COPE members only)