The European Association of Science Editors (EASE) is an international community of individuals and associations from diverse backgrounds, linguistic traditions and professional experience in science communication and editing.

Training for editors

A recent survey of EASE members and non-members highlighted the demand for training for journal editors. As an initial step, the following list of topics has been developed:


Fabrication and falsification of results
Responsibilities of journals, research institutions and coauthors
Develop a policy including steps to take when fabrication/falsification is detected

Image manipulation

Definition Journal of Cell Biology guideline
Develop a policy including steps to take when manipulation occurs


Discussion of template plagiarism
Detection of plagiarism, e.g. CrossCheck and need for manual assessment
Tutorial on avoiding plagiarism (maybe more appropriate for authors)
Develop a policy including steps to take when plagiarism occurs

Salami/Duplicate publication

What constitutes ‘substantial’?
Why is salami/duplicate publication a problem?
Develop a policy including steps to take when salami/duplicate occurs

Prior publication

Why don’t journals want to republish?
Would you be prepared to publish a paper if there had been an eprint, internet posting, presentation at a meeting?
Develop a policy including steps to take when prior publication occurs

Conflicts of interest

Definition (financial and non-financial)
Method of disclosure
Publication of disclosure?
Disclosures by editors and reviewers
Develop a policy including steps to take when a conflict comes to light

Ghost/Guest authorship

Definition of authorship
Contributor statements
How to handle authorship disputes
Develop a policy including steps to take when such authorship comes to light


Other topics that potentially fall under the heading of ethics

The pharma industry and journals
Data access and sharing
Data segregated by sex
Animal research
Publication of negative results
Threats to national security
Editors’ responsibilities to Journal owners/publishers and editorial freedom
Peer review
The process
Editor’s responsibility—beyond a letterbox
Speeding up review, desk rejection etc.
Enhancing review quality
CD-ROM Guide for Peer Reviewers:
Types of review: traditional/double blind/open
  • advantages
  • disadvantages
Develop peer review policies
Topics for other workshops
Developing Instructions to authors
The impact factor and other metrics
Journal administration including whether to publish on paper/OA

Useful/Interesting URLs

ICMJE Recommendations for Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication in medical journals
COPE has good flow charts advising editors
WAME policy statements
The EASE blog
CSE white paper on integrity updated 2012
Retraction Watch 
Scholarly Kitchen 
Diabetologia: What does an editor look for?
Good Publication Practice Guidelines