Research integrity for editors

Tuesday, 9 March 2021 – completed


Dr Joan Marsh, Deputy Editor, The Lancet Psychiatry, Past President EASE, Chair of Gender Policy Committee


Poor reporting of scientific research, particularly any that involves animals or human subjects, is unethical, as it wastes time and resources, might cause unnecessary suffering, and might lead to inaccuracy in the scientific record. This talk will give an overview of various ways in which editors can help prevent this.


  • Literature review: putting research in context and preventing waste in research
  • Protocols and statistical analysis plans: keeping authors on track
  • Reporting guidelines and checklists
  • Sex and gender reporting
  • Validation and reproducibility: including verification of large datasets and real-world data
  • Data sharing statements, database citation, secondary use of data
  • Authorship and CRediT taxonomy
  • Conflict of interest declarations
  • Gender and diversity policies (including end-user viewpoints).

About the speaker

Joan Marsh is the Deputy Editor of The Lancet Psychiatry, having joined the Lancet group in November 2013. Joan read Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, then completed a PhD in molecular biology. She worked as an editor with The Ciba/Novartis Foundation in London, editing and organizing their prestigious symposium series. Joan then spent several years in South-East Asia, returning to the UK in September 1999 and becoming an editor with John Wiley & Sons, commissioning books in the life sciences and medicine.

Joan was on the Council of the European Association of Science Editors for 12 years, including six as President. She is now Co-chair of its Gender Policy Committee, with a particular interest in improving diversity in peer review. Joan is also an Associate Editor of European Science Editing.