Helping journal editors combat the rising wave of publishing ethics cases
From bias to plagiarism, Part II of the Editors’ Update Ethics Special examines the resources and support available to detect breaches and take action
By Linda Willems Posted on 16 December 2013
The thorny topic of publication ethics is once again put under the microscope in Part II of Elsevier Editors' Update Ethics Special Edition.
Part I, published in September, sketched a broad overview of the current publishing ethics landscape before moving to a more detailed examination of aspects such as bias and conflicts of interest.
The latest edition, Part II, published in November, takes a closer look at the resources offered by Elsevier and the wider industry to train authors and support editors when these cases arise.
- "Working together: a précis of roles and resources" discusses the roles both Elsevier and editors play and the resources editors can call on.
- "The art of detecting data and image manipulation" zooms in to investigate a range of tools and processes. The article contains useful advice (and an offer of free software) from The Office of Research Integrity as well as an editor's practical tips for checking Western Blots.
- All Elsevier journals are enrolled in the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and in "Making the most of your COPE membership," current Chair Dr. Virginia Barbour (@GinnyBarbour), explains recent changes to the organization and outlines some of the benefits membership can bring.
- For many journals, CrossCheck is now indispensable. In "How CrossCheck can combat the perils of plagiarism," editors explain why they wouldn't be without this software, and we look at how integration into EES will further streamline the process for checking papers for plagiarism, simultaneous submission and multiple publication.
- Talking to the media – who is responsible? asks Tom Reller (@TomReller), Elsevier's head of media relations. Editors may welcome media exposure for their journals when the coverage is positive, but what about when the media want to highlight publishing ethics cases? Reller outlines some scenarios and advises on whether Elsevier or the editor should respond.
- If we want to reduce research misconduct incidents, education is key, and in "The importance of author education," we look at two of Elsevier's early-career training initiatives: the Ethics in Research & Publication program and Publishing Connect author workshops.
- Each edition of Editors' Update features an Editor in the Spotlight. In Part II of the Ethics Special, Dr Robert Strangeway, Research Geophysicist at the University of California, Los Angeles and joint Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, is profiled in the Q&A.
What is Editors' Update?
Editors' Update has evolved from its origins as a quarterly online newsletter to become an online resource center. Content is designed to help editors and other interested parties discover more about the latest developments in journal publishing, policies and initiatives. It also allows us to engage in discussions about various publishing topics in order to better understand the needs of our editors and learn how we can better serve them.[divider]
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As Senior Researcher Communications Manager for Elsevier, Linda Willems (@willems_linda) oversees the Editors' Update website, a resource center designed to keep editors in touch with the latest developments in journal publishing, policies and initiatives. The site also hosts the quarterly Editors' Update newsletter, for which she is Editor-in-Chief. Willems, who is based in Amsterdam, is also on the team behind the Elsevier Journal Editors' Conferences program.
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