May, 2017

Editage highlights its commitment to ethical publication

(May 22, 2017; Shanghai, China) - Editage, the author services company that is heavily involved in author education, has released a statement reassuring Chinese researchers that it is committed to ethical publication. The recent mass retraction of 107 Tumor Biology papers by Springer due to peer review manipulation has highlighted the need for education about ethical publication practices that can guide authors and ensure that they are on the right track during their publication journey. Over the years, Editage Insights, the author education arm of Editage, has been actively educating authors globally promoting good publication practices and guiding authors from all over the world.

In September 2015, Springer retracted 64 of their published papers alleging fake peer reviews. To create awareness about the importance of a robust peer review process, Editage Insights was actively involved in Peer Review Week 2016 and was one of the top influencers during the event. Editage is also the only editing company that is participating in Peer Review Week 2017, which will be held between September 11 and 17 later this year. In May 2016, Sneha Kulkarni, Managing Editor, Editage Insights, published a paper in the top publication industry journal, Learned Publishing, which discusses in detail what causes peer review scams and how they can be prevented.

In addition to being a proud member of the Committee On Publication Ethics (COPE), Editage is also a member of the Alliance for Scientific Editing in China (ASEC), an alliance of six companies that is committed to ensuring that academic misconduct is prevented in the future. In November 2016, Dr. Donald Samulack, President, U.S. Operations, Editage, visited Beijing to share information about irresponsible publication practices with authors and journal editors at the Workshop on Scientific Publishing for Clinical Microbiologists in China. Information about predatory journals and unethical publication practices was also shared with journal editors from China Science Press and Managing editors of the journals published by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). Editage is also a founding member of the Coalition for Responsible Publication Resources (CRPR), a coalition that shares industry knowledge of irresponsible and predatory publication practices so that authors can make an informed decision before choosing a publication service.  

Having championed ethical publication practices for many years, Editage China has also announced that it will dedicate the month of May to ethical publication by sharing resources that explain and encourage good publication practices. Editage Insights will also release interactive learning courses on publication ethics. 

About Editage

Founded in 2002, Editage (a division of Cactus Communications) is a global scholarly communications company with offices in Japan, China, South Korea, India, and the United States. Employing a global in-house workforce of over 600, Editage has served over 200,000 authors and edited close to 750,000 papers across 1,200 disciplines to date. Editage aims to help scholars break through the confines of geography and language, bridge the gap between authors and peer-reviewed journals, and accelerate the process of publishing high-quality research. In addition to offering high-end scientific communication solutions, Editage is actively involved in author education through its comprehensive author resources site Editage Insights. Please visit to learn more.

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