Thursday 06 February 2020

Publication Ethics: Fraud and misconduct


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


Jessica Alexander, Elsevier

Jessica ClarkJessica is Associate General Counsel for Elsevier. She joined Elsevier in 2001 and now leads a global team of lawyers and paralegals that provides legal support to Elsevier’s journals business. She is a member of the International Board and Digital Piracy Working Group for The Publishers Association and previous roles include in-house lawyer at Penguin Books.

Catriona Fennell, Elsevier

Catriona Fennell pictureCatriona is Director of Publishing Services at Elsevier.

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 rates 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
  • Thu 06 Feb 2020
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