On Monday, October 23rd, 2023 at 15h, the session Publishing Pitfalls: Predatory journals, paper mills, plagiarism (and other things not starting with “p”) by Matt Hodgkinson will take place. Matt is a Research Integrity Manager at the UK Research Integrity Office (UKRIO), supporting the work of the charity including the enquiry service, the development of policies and publications, and social media. He is also a council member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and Treasurer of the European Association of Science Editors (EASE).
He holds a BA (Hons) in Biological Science from Oxford and an MSc in Genetics from Cambridge, and worked in open access science journal publishing for 18 years, developing expertise in peer review, critical appraisal, editorial policy, and publication ethics as an editor at BMC and PLOS and then heading the Research Integrity team at Hindawi.
The session will take place as part of the International Open Access Week, a yearly initiative aimed at raising awareness and turning open access into the new norm in scholarship and research. This year’s Edition seeks to encourage a conversation about the approaches to open scholarship that prioritize the interests of the public and the academic community.
In an increasingly complex editorial landscape, this session will shed light on some of the current publishing pitfalls, with focus on questionable practices such as those of predatory journals and ‘paper mills’. These examples will serve to introduce integrity notions as well as the ABC of publication ethics from a researcher’s perspective, while providing useful tools and best practice recommendations.
The activity is open to people from inside and outside the institution. It is a hybrid event: it will be possible to participate directly in the Esteve Auditorium of Esther Koplowitz Centre or via Zoom. To access digitally it is necessary to register in advance to receive a personal connection link, there is time until the same day to do so.
After the session and by previous request, the member of the IDIBAPS community can participate in a meeting with the expert.
The activity is organized with the support of the Fundación Española por la Cienica y la Tecnología (FECYT) and the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. This is also promoted by the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) of the institution.