Understanding Ethics in Publishing

2 December 2021, 9:00 - 10:30 - Eastern Time (US & Canada) (UTC - 05:00)

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The pressures for scientists to publish large numbers of papers in high-impact journals has led to growing concerns about the reliability and accuracy of the scientific literature. Dr. Burns will provide insight on the ethical obligations of all participants in the publishing process, summarizing some of the types of misconduct encountered by journal editors, as well as how these are dealt with to ensure the reliability of the scientific record. Dr. Taylor and Ms. Cohen will share some case studies for participants to discuss in breakout groups.

About Our Speakers:

Dr. Steve Burns

Dr. Stephen Burns, Indiana University, Chair of Optica Publishing Group’s Editorial Ethics Subcommittee

Dr. Burns is the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the School of Optometry at Indiana University. He has held academic positions in ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh, Harvard University Medical School and the Schepens Eye Research Institute. Dr. Burns was the Editor-in Chief of the Journal of the Optical Society of America A from 2004 to 2009 and has also served as the Chair of Optica Publishing Group’s Publications Council. He is currently the chair of Optica Publishing Group’s Editorial Ethics Subcommittee. Dr. Burns is an Optica Fellow, a member of the Associate for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and a recipient of Optica’s Tillyer Medal. You can read more about him here.

Alison Taylor

Dr. Alison Taylor, Optica Publishing Group, Executive Editor

Kelly Cohen

Ms. Kelly Cohen, Optica Publishing Group, Senior Publisher