Editage attempts to level the playing field for Chinese research through continuous educational efforts
(January 05, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA) - Editage has been conducting educational seminars about good publication practices for the academic community in China. Dr. Donald Samulack, President, U.S. Operations, Editage/Cactus Communications recently visited Beijing, China to share information with authors and journal editors about irresponsible publication practices. This tour is timely as retractions globally are on a rise with plagiarism and data fabrication being the main reasons.
The lecture series began at China Science Press, where young professional editors attended a presentation by Dr. Samulack about how they can apply global best practices to spot irregular and in some cases unethical author behavior. Later, at the Library of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), managing editors of journals published by CAS got together for a talk on the damage that predatory journals and fraudulent publication practices inflict on the integrity of the scholarly literature.
The final stop was at the Workshop on Scientific Publishing for Clinical Microbiologists in China hosted by the Society of Microbiology and Immunology of the Chinese Medical Association in collaboration with the American Society for Microbiology. The three-day workshop was conducted at the Peking University Health Science Center and was attended by 234 editors, scientists, and clinicians from 24 provinces across China. Besides author resources and microbiology-specific discussions, fraudulent practices such as ‘authorship for sale’ and bogus impact factors of predatory journals were discussed at length with this large group. Other prominent speakers included Professor Alexander McAdam, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, who spoke about ‘The publication process and priorities at JCM’ and Professor Barbara Goldman, director of the American Society of Microbiology, who spoke about ‘Publishing ethics – The ASM journals’ approach.’
The Chinese government has taken a tough stance on scientific misconduct. Recently, the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) has disclosed information about 117 cases of scientific misconduct and reaffirmed that it has zero-tolerance for such practices. Moreover, the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) has been proactively implementing a regulatory framework to prevent behavior that might lead to misconduct in the future. Editage is committed to helping researchers globally deal with the pressure to publish and to overcome language barriers in scholarly communication. By conducting an increasing number of webinars and workshops in over 40 countries each year, Editage aims to assist the academic community in communicating their science effectively.
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