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COPE Digest
MARCH 2019, Vol 7
Issue 3: Authorship

Hello,

Welcome to the March issue of COPE Digest.

Early in my academic career I was sent a publication in which my name appeared as a 5th author. The research was legitimate, conducted by a senior colleague, and I had participated in a small part of the research. I had not been involved in the writing of the paper, its final approval, or in signing the copyright agreement.

The boundaries and rules around authorship have undergone some transformative changes in the past decades. In spite of the increased clarity for most journals and editors, there remains the room for error, dispute and disagreement.

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This is evidenced in the cases submitted to COPE...

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COPE Co-Chairs Chris Graf and Geri Pearson
Case of the Month

INCONCLUSIVE INSTITUTIONAL INVESTIGATION INTO AUTHORSHIP DISPUTE 


This case involves an escalating authorship dispute as well as management of the post publication correction process. Cases brought to the COPE Forum are often complex and involve multiple problems, which is the case here. 

The Forum advised the editor there were two, separate issues involved: 1) a name change and 2) an authorship dispute. The first issue is easily corrected by an erratum/corrigendum, whereas the second issue requires an adequate institutional investigation.

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Institutional comment

This case highlights institutional responsibilities for assessing or investigating research concerns/allegations that may involve potential breaches of responsible research practices. In particular, how Institutions manage investigations where one or more of the researchers involved are employed at different institutions.

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We’d like to invite you to play a game with us. Imagine you’re Jo, a fictional new research integrity officer (RIO) at a large and also fictional public university (that might be a stretch for you if you’re an editor or a publisher, but please… have some fun and give it a shot!). As a new RIO, Jo is immediately challenged with a dispute between authors.

And our question for Jo is: How would the story continue?

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WEBSITE REFRESH COMING SOON

We're in the final stages of updating the engine behind the COPE website which will help users find what they're looking for more quickly. This means greatly improved search functionality, more granular filtering, simplified navigation throughout the site and a refreshed design. This will be the first release in a series to improve the browsing experience.

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In the News

 

News this month includes articles on what input authors value and a new protocol of a research study to investigate the prevalence or otherwise of the misrepresentation of affiliations by authors. News on misconduct, data management, diversity and humanities research.

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A study of 6,000 of the top cited authors examined how authorship is assigned, and what input was valued by authors.

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Anne Powell, from INASP, talks about the needs of southern researchers to improve their inclusion in scholarly publishing, with recommendations on how publishers can help.

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Why do authors publish in unethical journals? Some are deceived, but some actively seek them out.

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WEBINAR: ALLEGATIONS OF MISCONDUCT
FRIDAY 12 APRIL 2019

Publication and research integrity are intertwined. A rigorous system to ensure that the published record is an accurate representation of well done research is necessary and there are multiple agents that can and should be involved. In this webinar we will discuss the interests of universities and publishers.

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SEMINAR: NORTH AMERICA
3 MAY 2019

Plenary sessions: 'Inclusion and diversity in journal publishing in the humanities' and 'Developing publication ethics policies in the arts, humanities and social sciences'. Followed by an interactive workshop in small groups.
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SEMINAR: EUROPE
22 SEPTEMBER 2019

A date for your diary!


More information to follow soon.
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COPE Forum

ADVICE ON CASES

The cases presented at the COPE Forum on Monday 11 February, along with the advice given and updates on previous cases, are now on the COPE website.

New cases:
19-01 Reviewer requesting addition of multiple citations of their own work
19-02 Dispute arising from peer review of a rejected comment and published correction
19-03 Possible plagiarism
19-04 Suspected plagiarism

Updates on existing cases:
18-08 Scientific misconduct claim from a whistleblower where the institution will not investigate
18-13 Self-plagiarism and suspected salami publishing
18-15 Peer reviewer contacted by author
18-17 Victim of article theft wants correction to list their name, not retraction

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION IN RESEARCH PUBLISHING DISCUSSION


Read the comments made on our website and at the quarterly Forum on 'Diversity and inclusion in research publishing' the topic discussion at our February Forum.

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MAY FORUM

MONDAY 13 MAY 2019
WEBINAR

(COPE Members Only)


The May Forum will follow the usual format where members' cases are presented for discussion and advice from all those participating in the Forum. 

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COPE speakers
INDONESIAN MINISTRY OF EDUCATION NATIONAL CONFERENCE
25-27 MARCH 2019

BALI, INDONESIA
Trevor Lane, COPE Chair of Member Services, is introducing COPE, showing journal editors how to use COPE guidance and looking at some cases previously discussed at the COPE Forum.
SCIENTIFIC INTEGRITY AND OPEN SCIENCE CONGRESS
4 APRIL 2019

PARIS, FRANCE
Mirjam Curno, COPE Council member, will be taking part in a symposium focused on "Open access publishing: a challenge for research integrity".

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WORLD CONFERENCE ON RESEARCH INTEGRITY
2-5 JUNE 2019
HONG KONG

COPE will have a prominent role at the WCRI (World Congress on Research Integrity) with four COPE-led symposia and plenary sessions on predatory publishing, preprints, responsible authorship and Transparency 2025.

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Other Events
PUBLICATION ETHICS: FRAUD AND MISCONDUCT
20 March 2019

LONDON, UK
This course will cover how to detect and deal effectively with possible misconduct and show the importance of having sound ethical policies. ALPSP are offering a discounted rate to COPE members.

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Meeting Reports

PANEL DISCUSSION: AMERICAN PHILOSOPHICAL ASSOCIATION


Deborah Poff, Chair-Elect of COPE, recently presented COPE views on a variety of issues and activities related to publication ethics and Philosophy. The session was lively and wide-ranging and included a discussion of the particular differences in violations of publication ethics which distinguish Philosophy and the Humanities from Biomedical and STEM disciplines.

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KEYNOTE: UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA


Charon Pierson, Editor Emeritus of JAANP and Secretary of C0PE, delivered the opening keynote "Ethics in Publishing Really Matter" to 400 doctoral students and faculty at the University of Alabama at Huntsville DNP Intensive. 

COPE Digest Editors:

Deborah Kahn, Publishing Director, Taylor & Francis
Nancy C Chescheir, MD, Editor-in-Chief, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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