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COPE 25th anniversary seminar, 2022

10 May 2022 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Virtual seminar

Our 2022 COPE Seminar was a celebration of 25 years of COPE, as we launched University and Research Institute Membership. The theme of the seminar is “Creating a culture of publication integrity together” and begins with a keynote address by John B Thompson, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Cambridge, followed by a panel discussion on the importance of a partnership between editors/publishers and universities. The seminar sessions will be of interest to editors, publishers, authors and all those interested in publication ethics.


Creating a culture of publication integrity together

Keynote address

Book wars: the impact of the digital revolution on Anglo-American trade publishing

John B Thompson discusses the digital revolution in publishing, based on his book of the same name.

Watch keynote discussion: book wars

Panel discussion

A panel of editors and publishers address the value of a partnership between editors/publishers and universities, and the importance of educating university staff about publication ethics.

  • The critical relationship between universities and COPE - Deborah Poff

  • Research integrity and publication ethics training: who needs it? - Jennifer Wright

  • Publishing ethics: importance of a feedback loop - Sabina Alam

Watch panel: the relationship between universities and publishers


John B Thompson is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge. His publications include Ideology and Modern Culture (1990), The Media and Modernity (1995), Political Scandal (2000), Books in the Digital Age (2005), Merchants of Culture (2010, 2012) and Book Wars (2021). His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages and he was awarded the European Amalfi Prize for Sociology and the Social Sciences in 2001 for Political Scandal.


Deborah Poff is a retired Professor of Philosophy and Senior Academic Administrator. She holds four degrees from three universities in Canada. Her PhD is in Philosophy of Science. During Deborah’s career, she was been the Director of a Research Institute, Dean of Arts and Science, Vice-President Academic and Provost, and President and Vice-Chancellor at various Canadian Universities. Deborah has also been an active researcher, teacher and editor, and is the founding editor in chief of the Journal of Academic Ethics which she edited for over 20 years. She is currently the editor of the Journal of Scholarly Publishing. Throughout her career, she has been the editor of five scholarly journals, a book series and has published numerous other monographs and anthologies. In 2016, Deborah Poff was awarded the Order of Canada.


Jennifer Wright leads Cambridge University Press’s Research Integrity and Publication Ethics team, and supports Cambridge’s books, journals, higher education programme, and preprint platform in publication ethics best practice. She is also part of Cambridge’s Scholarly Communications Research & Development team and supports a broad range of activities in open research, impact, capacity development, and other research services. Jennifer was previously a postdoctoral researcher in ecology and climate science, and also holds an MBA from Cranfield University.


Sabina Alam is the Director of Publishing Ethics and Integrity at Taylor and Francis Group, Journals. After a research career in neuroscience, Sabina moved into scholarly publishing in 2008, working on open access journals as well as a variety of peer review and publishing models at BioMed Central journals and later at F1000 Research. Sabina joined Taylor and Francis Group in 2018, where she leads the publishing ethics and integrity team on providing expert advice and investigative support to all Taylor and Francis Group journals on publishing ethics and research integrity matters, as well as providing guidance on editorial policies and processes where needed.



Dan Kulp, COPE Chair, and Director of editorial development for journals, American Chemical Society (ACS). He received his PhD in materials science and engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and worked for the American Physical Society for nearly 24 years in their editorial office. Dan has been involved in all aspects of publishing including peer review, production, distribution, and personnel and financial management of journals.