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04.20.2023 | SSP News & Releases

Renowned Expert on Scientific Misconduct, Elisabeth Bik, PhD, to Deliver Keynote at SSP’s 45th Annual Meeting

SSP’s 45th Annual Meeting centers around the themes of Transformation, Trust, and Transparency. On May 31, the event will kick off with a keynote speech delivered by Elizabeth Bik, PhD, a distinguished expert in the field of scientific misconduct and research integrity.

Dr. Bik’s work spotting errors in research papers has resulted in more than 900 retractions, 100 expressions of concern, and 900 corrections. Her expertise has been acknowledged in numerous prestigious publications such as Nature, Science, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, and The Times (UK). Dr. Bik was also awarded the 2021 John Maddox Prize in recognition of her outstanding efforts in exposing threats to research integrity.

Dr. Bik holds a PhD in microbiology from Utrecht University, where she studied epidemic Vibrio cholerae strains. Afterward, she worked at the Dutch National Institute for Health and the St. Antonius Hospital. Later, she spent 15 years at Stanford University School of Medicine researching the microbiomes of humans and marine mammals, where she founded Microbiome Digest—Bik’s Picks, a daily digest of scientific microbiome papers. In 2016, she transitioned from academia to industry, working first at biome and then at Astarte Medical.

In March 2019, Dr. Bik transformed her hobby of searching for scientific misconduct into a full-time profession. Publishers or universities that suspect misconduct hire her to investigate the work of a researcher, where she checks for duplications by comparing original images to published ones. Dr. Bik’s reports assist publishers or universities in either substantiating or dismissing a case of scientific misconduct. She also manages ScientificIntegrityDigest, highlighting cases on which she has worked as a consultant.

Dr. Bik’s keynote speech is one of several sessions at SSP’s 45th Annual Meeting that focus on the critical topics of transformation, trust, and transparency in scholarly publishing. This year’s annual meeting is intended to help publishers, researchers, and librarians establish more meaningful transformations in scholarly publishing. The SSP community continues to focus on bringing together academics, funders, librarians, publishers, service providers, technologists, and countless others with a communal interest and stake in disseminating scholarly information.

Register to attend the Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon or Online, May 31 – June 2. Early registration closes April 21st!

News contribution by SSP member, Aileen McHugh. Aileen is a Senior Associate Publisher with the American College of Physicians.

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