Friday 04 November 2016

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?

By the end of the course delegates will be able 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 anybody developing or revising their company’s, society’s or journal’s editorial policies or processes.


Donna Neill, ConsultantDonna Neill

Donna Neill, a solicitor, worked for Wiley for six years, during which time she advised publishing colleagues on copyright issues, publication ethics, libel, publishing contracts and other legal issues relating to academic journals publishing. Donna’s other experience includes three years in the commercial team of a regional law firm, two years in the legal team of a television production company and two years in the editorial team of a legal publisher.

 Elizabeth Wager, ConsultantLiz Wager

Elizabeth Wager, PhD, is a freelance consultant and trainer who has worked on six continents. She chaired the Committee on Publication Ethics (2009-2012) and is a member of the ethics committees of The BMJ and World Association of Medical Editors. She is a co-author of Good Publication Practice for Pharmaceutical Companies (GPP3), the Wiley-Blackwell Guidelines on Publication Ethics, and various COPE guidelines. She is the author of Getting Research Published: An A to Z of Publication Strategy and How to Survive Peer Review. She is Co-Editor-in-Chief of Research Integrity & Peer Review.

 Delegate comments

“Expected it to be complex, subtle and interesting and it was. Excellent presentations, clear and took time to investigate and explain.” Deborah Owen, Nutrition Society 

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

This course will commence at 09:30 (registration, with tea/coffee, from 09:00) and end at approximately 17:00.
Members           £365.00 (+ VAT where applicable)
Non Members   £530.00 (+VAT where applicable)
Venue: 41 Portland Place London W1B 1QH, T: +44 (0)203 176 2177  (Map)
Contact: 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.

Upcoming Dates for this event

  • Fri 04 Nov 2016
  • Fri 04 Nov 2016
  • 41 Portland Place, Academy of Medical Sciences, London