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EASE course: Editorial School for Journal Editors

Module 8 – Publishing ethics: open science and journal policies

Wednesday, 23 October 2024, 2pm (UK time)

Part II of our popular Editorial School for Journal Editors is running again in the Autumn of 2024. Jadranka Stojanovski, EASE Council and Peer Review Committee member, will deliver the last of four modules.

The format is a lecture, followed by a moderated breakout session in which small groups consider two case studies, and then a final session to feedback the discussions from the breakout groups and answer further questions from delegates.

Each module will be recorded and made available to participants together with handbooks for easy reference.

Module 8 content

Publishing ethics are an increasing concern for the global research community, especially with greater exposure to criticism on the Internet and through social media. Journals and editors are now being judged on both the publishing model which the journal follows, and also on the quality of what it publishes. In particular, issues over transparency and openness are being evaluated by researchers and their funding organizations when deciding where to publish, and which journals to support. In some cases this has resulted in good journals being viewed as suspicious because their public presence does not clearly describe the publishing processes, editorial safeguards and commitment to balanced publication.

This workshop looked at the policies which journals should create and enforce, and how they can monitor them. It especially considered Open Science in its broadest sense, and the implications for journal editors and the publication of their journals.

Learning objectives

  1. Open science – What it means for editors, the journal publishers, and how it can be effected in a way to satisfy the funding agencies
  2. Journal policies – Which policies need to be in place, which need to be made public on the journal website
  3. Managing social media – How to ensure social media benefits the journal, and how to manage social media problems


Jadranka Stojanovski

Associate professor, University of Zadar / Ruđer Bošković InstituteCroatia

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