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COPE webinar: Standards in authorship

29 June 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Webinar 2-3PM (British Summer Time, BST)

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Join our first COPE webinar for information, shared discussion and practical advice on common authorship issues faced by COPE members.

We will be discussing the main issues that are brought to COPE for advice, ranging from what constitutes authorship to guidelines for authorship and questionable authorship practices.

Three guest speakers will present their views given their background as editors and researchers and their experience in developing best practices.

What guidance could journals consider? What issues are critical for researchers? Can developments such as ORCID and CRediT assist with ethical considerations that need to be taken into account with authorship? These are just some of the questions we intend to cover during the webinar.

There will be an open discussion with questions from attendees. You can email your question in advance or ask questions during the webinar.

The webinar is free, and open to COPE members only.

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Trevor Lane, Education Director and Senior Publishing Consultant at Edanz Group, Japan and COPE Council Member 

Trevor has an MA in Biochemistry and Chemical Pharmacology and a PhD in Physiological Sciences from the University of Oxford. After two postdoctoral research positions in Hong Kong, he worked in journalism and publishing at various academic, research, and commercial institutions. He was the managing editor of several general and specialist medical journals in Asia and the senior editor of two social science journals in the United States. From 2005 to 2015, he headed a knowledge exchange unit at the Faculty of Dentistry, The University of Hong Kong, where he taught research communication and ethics to postgraduate students and helped staff publish and publicize their research.



Deborah Poff, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Academic Ethics and COPE Vice-Chair and Chair-Elect

Deborah was previously Executive Vice-President Academic and Provost and Vice-President for Strategic Development at Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences. Prior to that she was President and Vice-Chancellor of Brandon University in Manitoba. From 1994 to 2004, she was Vice-President Academic and Provost at the University of Northern British Columbia. She is the co-founder and for over 30 years was the Editor of the Journal of Business Ethics. She is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Academic Ethics as well as Editor in Chief of Advances in Business Ethics Research (a book series). She is the Editor of Business Ethics in Canada and the Section Editor on Business and Economic Ethics of Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics published by Elsevier in 2012.  She recently co-edited Citation Classics from the Journal of Business Ethics: Celebrating the First Thirty Years of Publication with Springer. Her areas of research are applied ethics and leadership studies. Most recently, she is Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Business and Professional Ethics, to be published by Springer Nature. In 2016, Deborah Poff was awarded the Order of Canada for her work in universities and for increasing educational opportunities for Aboriginal people.


Kelly Cobey, Senior Clinical Research Associate at Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Ottawa, Canada

Kelly is a Senior Clinical Research Associate in the Knowledge Synthesis Group at the Ottawa Methods Centre at Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Ottawa, Canada. In her capacity as Publications Officer she provides educational outreach on best practice in academic biomedical publishing. Kelly is a member of EQUATOR Canada, an Adjunct Professor in the School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventative Medicine at the University of Ottawa, and an Honorary Researcher at The University of Stirling. She obtained her PhD in Psychology (University of Groningen, The Netherlands) and has an MRes in Biology (University of Liverpool, England) and BSc in Psychology and Biology (McMaster University, Canada). Kelly also worked as a Lecturer at The University of Stirling (Scotland) and held a Fyssen Research Fellowship (University of Paris North, France).


Liz Allen, Director of Strategic Initiatives at F1000 

Liz is Director of Strategic Initiatives at F1000, a provider of services to biomedical researchers to support the discovery, writing and publication of new scientific findings. She was formerly Head of Evaluation at the Wellcome Trust, one of the world’s largest biomedical research charities. During more than a decade at the Wellcome Trust, Liz developed infrastructure to support research governance, progress monitoring and impact assessment, and shape funding programme evaluations to support research strategy. During 2010-2015 Liz was Board Director of ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID), and is currently a Co-Chair of Project CRediT (Contributor Roles Taxonomy) which aims to bring greater granularity and transparency to contributions for scholarly outputs.


Suggested resources

What constitutes authorship? COPE discussion document

How to handle authorship disputes: a guide for new researchers

ICMJE: Defining the role of authors and contributors

Beyond authorship: attribution, contribution, collaboration and credit

Transparency in Authors' Contributions and Responsibilities to Promote Integrity in Scientific Publication

Fostering integrity in research

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COPE is updating its discussion document What Constitutes Authorship?

This document aims to stimulate discussion about the issue to help inform the debate and provide guidance where that is needed. We encourage journal editors, reviewers, researchers, institutions, funders, and third party services to comment (whether or not they are COPE members).

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