Sophie Suelzle
Sophie Suelzle
Journal Publishing Assistant, Wiley
Paul Taylor from the Office of Research Integrity, University of Melbourne Source: Wiley
Paul Taylor from the Office of Research Integrity, University of Melbourne
Source: Wiley

This June, Wiley’s Australian journals team played host to 60 journal editors and partners in Melbourne for multidisciplinary seminars on publication ethics and best-practice journal publishing. Held over two days, these two events brought together clients, colleagues and fellow publishers to discuss journal publication, share thoughts and impart their knowledge on a range of current topics.


COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics)seminarPublication ethics from student to professional hosted by Wiley’s Senior Journal Publishing Manager, Peter D’Onghia. The day included presentations on student researchers and publication ethics from the University of Melbourne’s Office of Research Integrity, and a discussion of the ethics of data publication from the Australian National Data Service. COPE Chair Dr Virginia Barbour walked us through the new COPE guidelines, which offer an increased focus on case studies, authorship and plagiarism, whistle-blowers, as well as perspectives on text recycling and correction of literature. Wiley Australia’s Editorial Director Deb Wyatt introduced the second edition of Wiley’s Best Practice Guidelines on Publication Ethics. The afternoon was spent in workshop breakout sessions, in which delegates worked together and swapped ideas on a variety of cases concerning publication ethics.


Participants network at Wiley's Executive Seminar Source: Wiley
Participants network at Wiley's Executive Seminar
Source: Wiley

Wiley’s Best Practice Journal Publishing seminar saw key topics presented and put forth for debate, beginning with a talk on strategic journal development in China with Wiley China’s Editorial Director, James Murphy. James gave an overview of the unique and growing market in China, and projections for growth in research output to well over 400,000 SCI-listed articles per year by 2020. Both James and John Wanna, Editor-in-Chief of Australian Journal of Public Administrationspoke about the need to form close collaborative relationships in China in order to build journals’ reputations and profiles in the region.


Wiley’s Bibliometrics Analyst Jenny Neophytou led a discussion on the impact factor, guiding delegates through the complexities of bibliometric analysis. This was followed by a lively discussion on peer review, led by Dr Martha MacIntyre, Editor-in-Chief of The Australian Journal of Anthropology and Professor Aidan Byrne, CEO of the Australian Research Council, regarding the difficulty in finding reviewers for scholarly journals and the systemic lack of credit for peer review. Mike Bull detailed an exciting new plan from the Ecological Society of Australia to mentor early-career researchers in the art of peer review.


Below is a sampling of some of the feedback we received.


COPE Seminar:
“Fascinating and very constructive discussions”
“Excellent, well organized, great speakers”
“It was an excellent seminar, looking forward to attending another one”


Wiley Executive Seminar:
“I thought the day was well organized and well run. The quality of speakers was excellent and the topics covered were relevant and interesting”


On James Murphy: “It's fantastic to get a broad and deep view of the research environment in China”


On Peter Eastwood and Tomoo Yawata: “It's helpful to hear some hands-on experiences in journal development using the knowledge of bibliometrics”


Both bustling days were a great success?filled with enthusiastic presentations and open dialogue, and, most importantly, the seminar gave journal editors and society partners the opportunity to connect with each other, voice opinions and reflect on the issues and opportunities facing journal publishing in the future.

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