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
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
What constitutes ‘substantial’?
Why is salami/duplicate publication a problem?
Develop a policy including steps to take when salami/duplicate occurs
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
Definition of authorship
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
Publication of negative results
Threats to national security
Editors’ responsibilities to Journal owners/publishers and editorial freedom
Editor’s responsibility—beyond a letterbox
Speeding up review, desk rejection etc.
Enhancing review quality
Types of review: traditional/double blind/open
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
has good flow charts advising editors