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COPE Asia-Pacific Workshop 2018: Report

COPE Council Member Michael Wise was an invited speaker at the International Society of Managing and Technical Editors 2018 Asian-Pacific Conference, which was held on 27-28 March 2018 at the Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay. In a session on preprints on 27 March, he introduced the new COPE Discussion Document on Preprints and invited the audience to contribute to the worldwide debate on the pros and cons of preprint platforms. Sharing the stage with John Inglis (co-founder of bioRxiv and medRxiv) and Sarah Tegen (Vice-President, Global Journals Development of the American Chemical Society, which co-owns ChemRxiv), Michael also took part in the panel discussion in the same session. Clearly marking preprints as not peer reviewed, a need for standardising citations of preprints, and special considerations in screening and posting medical preprints were among the topics discussed.

On the second day, immediately after the ISMTE conference, Michael was joined by COPE Council Members Trevor Lane and Jason Hu to lead the COPE Asia-Pacific Workshop 2018 for an audience of about 30.  The three-hour workshop included lively small-group in-depth discussions of three cases each, lasting more than an hour. After tea, the nine cases were then presented to and discussed further by the whole group. Taken from the COPE Forum cases archive, the cases included a mix of past problems occurring before and after publication, and covering most areas of COPE’s Core Practices. The feedback received was very positive.