COPE Asia Pacific Seminar 2013

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“Correcting the literature"

Melbourne, 15 February 2013

Karstens Melbourne Conference Rooms, 123 Queen Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

COPE is delighted to announce its 2nd Asia-Pacific Seminar, which will take place in Melbourne on 15 February 2013. The programme can be downloaded here.

The theme of the seminar is “correcting the literature” which will encompass all of the issues involved, including why corrections are needed, the appropriate ways to deal with them in terms of expressions of concern, corrections and retractions, the scale of the problem and what can go wrong. Also, what are the moral, legal and wider community implications of plagiarism, retractions and other forms of scholarly misconduct?

Editors, publishers, authors and all those interested in publication ethics are welcome to attend.

The seminar will include invited talks:

  • Correcting *our* literature is one thing. What about the rest of it?
    John Loadsman, Editor, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
  • Legal issues in retractions and corrections
    Helen McLean, legal counsel for John Wiley & Sons, Australia
  • Prevention is better than the cure, so the saying goes
  • Paul Taylor and Daniel Barr, Office for Research Ethics and Integrity, University of Melbourne
  • Hypothetical: The Down Under Blunder
  • Suzanne Morris, Postgraduate Coordinator, Sustainable Minerals Institute, The University of Queensland
  • CrossMark: there is no final version
    Geoffrey Bilder, CrossMark        

In addition, there will be opportunities to network and share your experiences and challenges.

To help ensure that the day is really useful to you, we have chosen a few key topics to shape the day's discussions. In order for you to gain maximum benefit from the seminar, we would like to share your experiences in dealing with issues of corrections and retractions. Please take some time to answer the 8 open-ended questions in our online questionnaire —specific case studies and stories are very welcome. We will then try and share these experiences with the rest of the group on the day.
Please click on the link and complete this short questionnaire by Monday 4 February:

The seminar is free for COPE members and $150 AUD for non-members (non-members wishing to attend can contact the administrator for details on how to join COPE). To register, please complete the registration form below. The closing date for registration is 8 February 2013.