COPE Case Study Workshop

COPE Case Study Workshop 


The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE, provides advice to editors and publishers on all aspects of publication ethics, along with the support and resources they need to implement good publication practice. It holds a quarterly Forum to which its members (of which there are now more than 8000, from over 80 countries) can bring challenging cases for discussion and advice. Over 16 years, COPE has built up a searchable database of almost 500 cases, covering a wide range of issues in research integrity and publication ethics, such as duplicate publication, authorship disputes and plagiarism. In this interactive workshop, a number of cases based on real-life examples brought to COPE, and covering some of the most pressing problems currently faced by editors and journals, will be discussed.

Speakers biography

After gaining a PhD in Cell Biology, Irene Hames (@irenehames) moved into scientific publishing and has worked on scholarly journals and books for over 30 years, spending 20 years as the managing editor of a large, international science journal. She now works as an independent editorial consultant to the publishing, higher education and research sectors. Irene has been a member of a number of working parties on peer review, and in 2011 was the specialist advisor to the UK House of Commons Science and Technology Committee for its inquiry into peer review and the resulting report, Peer Review in Scientific Publications.She is the author of the book Peer Review and Manuscript Management in Scientific Journals: guidelines for good practice, published by Wiley-Blackwell in association with ALPSP. Irene is a Council Member, Director and Trustee of COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics), and produced the COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers. She also holds advisory roles with Sense About Science and the International Society of Managing and Technical Editors.  In December 2011 she was made a Fellow of the Society of Biology.

Dr Mirjam Curno is the Managing Editor of the Journal of the International AIDS Society since April 2010 and a Board-Certified Editor in the Life Sciences. Mirjam completed her PhD at the University of Dundee, Scotland and then moved to the University of Lausanne, Switzerland as a post-doctoral research fellows to work on viral immunity. She is a council member of the Committee on Publication Ethics and a member of EASE, including its Gender Policy Committee.

Andre Van Steirteghem, MD PhD was co-director of the Centre for Reproductive Medicine at the Medical Campus of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel until he became emeritus Professor in 2005. He was Editor-in-Chief of Human Reproduction from 2007 – 2012, publishing several editorials on research and publication ethics.. Since 2011 he has been COPE Secretary. He is currently Chair of several Commissions in Belgium (Superior Health Council, Ethics Committee of University Hospital, Federal Commission regulating human embryo research).