Thursday 06 February 2020

Publication Ethics: Fraud and misconduct

Please contact to find out if this course is running in 2021. It is available as an in-house event to ALPSP members. Please contact for details.


A wide range of ethical issues can arise in academic publishing. These can be caused by misbehaving authors (e.g. committing plagiarism or fraud), by abuse of editorial positions and also by conflicts between publishers’ and societies’ commercial interests and principles of editorial freedom and integrity. This course will cover how to detect and deal effectively with possible misconduct and show the importance of having sound ethical policies. While the principles and theories covered are applicable across most publication types, some issues covered will be particularly relevant to journals publishing.


  • Editors’ views on ethical issues
  • Introduction to publication ethics
  • How can misconduct be detected?
  • How to deal with suspected misconduct
  • Retractions and corrections
  • How can publishers’ policies prevent misconduct?

What will you learn?

To be aware of the main ethical issues that arise in academic publishing, understand how editors view ethical issues, be aware of techniques for detecting misconduct, have greater confidence in handling cases of possible misconduct, understand guidelines relating to misconduct (in particular, the COPE flowcharts and guidelines on retractions), appreciate how publishers’ policies and practices can ensure ethical publishing.

Who should attend (Level 2 course)

Anybody with an interest in publication ethics, including editorial staff and journal editors. It will be especially relevant to those developing or revising their company, society or journal editorial policies or processes.

Delegate comments

“Great course, format/environment encouraged discussion. Very knowledgeable leaders, very pleased with the knowledge I've gained here today and will use it to educate our team further.” Delegate from BMJ

"The tutors were excellent, very knowledgeable and good at keeping everyone involved and welcome to ask questions." Natalie Fernandes, SAGE Publishing

"Very informative day, which has increased my knowledge and also my confidence.", Anna Parkinson, Taylor & Francis Group


Catriona Fennell, Elsevier

Catriona Fennell pictureFollowing graduation from the National University of Galway, Ireland, Catriona joined Elsevier as a Journal Manager in 1999. She later had the opportunity to learn about the intricacies of peer review while supporting and training hundreds of editors during the introduction of Elsevier Editorial System (EES). Since then, she has worked in various management roles in STM Journals Publishing, and as Director of Publishing Services, she is now responsible for its publishing integrity and reproducibility programs.

Anji Clarke, Consultant

Anji ClarkeAnji is a publishing contracts and copyright consultant whose clients include publishers, learned societies, literary agents and authors.  She has worked across academic and trade publishing and licensing including for SAGE Publications, the CLA (Copyright Licensing Agency) as well as a literary agency and has on-the-ground experience of general publishing law and publication ethics. Anji has given various talks and lectures on contracts, copyright and licensing and taught the Legal Frameworks for Publishers module on the University of Derby's Publishing MA for a couple of years. She has contributed to the industry contracts 'Bible' Clark's Publishing Agreements.

Early bird rates for members - Book by 6 December 2019*

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Members early bird            £382.00 (+VAT where applicable)
Members full price             £425.00 (+ VAT where applicable) 
Non Members full price     £619.00 (+VAT where applicable)

Academic and special rates for COPE members are available, please contact

Venue: Prince Philip House, 3 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5DG, T: +44 (0)20 7766 0625 (map)
This course will commence at 09:30 (registration, with tea/coffee, from 09:00) and end at approximately 17:00
 Melissa Marshall T: +44 (0)1622 871035 E: 

How to book
Please note that you will need to log in to your account or register a new account to book a place on this training course. If you have any questions about this please email Melissa Marshall or any of the ALPSP team.

*In order to take advantage of the early bird discount for ALPSP members, you must (i) make a booking by 6 December 2019 and (ii)
 be an ALPSP member on the date of the event. In the event that you cancel your membership prior to the event, you agree to pay ALPSP the difference between the discounted price and the full price for the event.”

Any discounts will be applied at checkout.


This was a very interesting insight and easy to follow and understand - will directly benefit my work. Course material very comprehensive - great having it all together.

Alison Firth, Royal Society of Public Health

Upcoming Dates for this event

  • Thu 06 Feb 2020
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