Letter from COPE Vice-Chair: October 2018

COPE was well represented at two very important meetings this September. The first “Seeking Solutions in Research Integrity: A View from All Perspectives” was a day long Research Integrity Summit hosted by Ohio State University. COPE secretary, Charon Pierson, participated in a session entitled “A Publisher’s Perspective: Approaches to Research Misconduct, Retractions and Confidentiality" (pictured right). Deborah Poff, COPE Vice-Chair participated in a panel on Contemporary Trends and Issues in Research Misconduct. The summit provided an opportunity for all stakeholders in research and publication ethics to share their unique perspectives and issues. The focus was solutions that work across constituencies and stakeholders. Also, among the attendees of the Summit were COPE Treasurer, Dan Kulp, and COPE Co-Chair, Chris Graf.

The next day, Charon and Deborah also participated in sessions at the Association of Research Integrity Officers (ARIOS) national conference. In the morning Charon and Deborah participated in a plenary presentation from the respective perspectives of COPE and of Editors of scholarly journals (Charon and Deborah pictured right with Suzanne Rivera, Vice President for Research Cape Western Reserve University, who chaired the plenary session). In the afternoon, Charon also participated in a panel session. Overall, we were very pleased to be able to present the COPE perspective on misconduct and discuss the critical intersections between universities and editors. We will continue to work on integrity approaches to research and publication ethics in partnership with universities. It was a particular pleasure to be hosted by Ohio State University, one of our institutional pilot program participants as well as having the opportunity to spend a day with Research Integrity Officers.

Read October Digest: Journal Management

COPE Vice-Chair and Chair Elect Deborah Poff

Read October Digest: Journal Management with new and updated cases from the COPE Forum, new resources around our topic of Journal Management including a fully revised COPE Audit for our members and a guest article by Peggy Chinn and Leslie Nicoll giving their take on Editor to Editor support based on their experience working with INANE. Our next Forum (5 November) will feature new cases and a discussion topic of ‘predatory publishing’. Read more about this and more in our October Digest.