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Webinar Preview | The Scholarly Kitchen: Staffing Up for Research Integrity

Join us for a webinar on staffing a research integrity unit in a publishing office. This event is hosted by The Scholarly Kitchen and moderated by Chef Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, Professor/Coordinator for Research and Teaching Professional Development in the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Guest panelists include Kim Eggleton, Head of Peer Review & Research Integrity for IOP Publishing; Yael Fitzpatrick, Editorial Ethics Manager for PNAS; Adya Misra, Senior Research Integrity and Inclusion Manager for Sage Publishing; and Amanda Sulicz, Publishing Ethics specialist for IEEE. 

There has been a lot of programming around research integrity in recent years, much of it designed to raise awareness about the problem. But this webinar promises to be different: it will focus on practical ways to integrate research integrity roles into scholarly publishing teams. “SSP members already know that there’s a research integrity problem. It’s not a surprise,” says Hinchliffe. “The people SSP serves are the people who need to know what to do about this problem.”   

Integrating research integrity roles is a particular challenge for small to mid-size publishers, who may be trying to figure out how to create a role like this in an environment of increasing costs and decreasing revenue. That’s why Hinchliffe invited speakers from across the scholarly publishing industry, including big and mid-size publishers, commercial and nonprofit, and people at a diversity of career stages. 

The panelists will provide insight into the ways their organizations handle the nuts and bolts of research integrity, such as defining the responsibilities of the people working in these roles, the technologies available to publishers, and how ethics offices are using them.  

This webinar will be targeted towards publishers that have a research integrity officer (dedicated or part-time), or even places with one officer who are planning to expand, as well as people who supervise such a unit. Attendees will learn how other publishers are doing this work and learn some best practices (and alternative practices) to make these units as effective and efficient as possible. 

Although paper mills have been in the headlines, Hinchliffe wants to make it clear that research integrity is about more than high-profile problems like image manipulation and authorship-for-sale. It includes correctly documented competing interests, compliance with institutional review boards, compliance with animal welfare policies, and acknowledging funders. 

“Research integrity is not just the big splashy things we’re seeing in the headlines,” says Hinchliffe. “Those are definitely critical and important, but it obscures issues like ‘are the right people listed as authors, and only the right people listed as authors?’” 

Please join us to learn some useful benchmarks from your peers as we discuss the scope of the work of a research integrity officer at a scholarly publisher. Register now! 

News contribution by SSP member Gwen Weerts. Gwen Weerts is a Journals Manager for SPIE and Editor-in-Chief of Photonics Focus.

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