Wednesday, 20th June 2018

Publication Integrity and Ethics

PIE is an organisation which was developed over a decade ago but only launched recently (14th Nov 2013). Its mission is to establish an ethical publishing environment, to address the main areas of concern in the editorial sector and to promote real editorial freedom among publishers. PIE along with its council, assists editors, authors and publishers to define, understand and achieve the best practice in the ethics of the publishing environment.

An organisation that paves the way for a better publishing and editorial ethical environment is a necessity in present times, when any breach in the ethical practice code leaves behind injured parties. PIE is such an organisation; it has formed around its own online community of editors, authors, publishers and peer-reviewers of journals. It is an organisation which collects information and distributes the knowledge related to the ethical conduct in the publishing area of expertise. The PIE mission is to ensure that the main representatives of the publishing environment are well represented and have a proper way of contacting each other while dealing with infringements if it is the case. The Publication Integrity and Ethics therefore signals the way for a better publishing ethical environment through its PIE guidelines, and the code of conduct for editors, authors, peer-reviewers and publishers.

PIE promotes and encourages editorial freedom among editors, authors and publishers, ensures that this freedom is not violated by unethical conduct or plagiarism, that all the individuals involved in the publishing sector are aware of the guidelines for good editorial conduct and that they are also well represented when issues or infringements related to their work are being brought to surface. Aside from the code of conduct, PIE makes available a simplified code adapted to each party involved in the publishing sector. The PIE simplified guidelines are as follows:
-    The PIE guidelines for the author
-    The PIE guidelines for the peer-reviewer
-    The PIE guidelines for the editorial board member
-    The PIE guidelines for the editor-in-chief
-    The PIE guidelines for the publisher

All these guidelines, whether they are developed for authors, peer-reviewers, editors or publishers, share a main purpose of setting the standards of a good and ethical editorial conduct and to avert the aforementioned individuals from editorial errors or misconduct. Authors, editors and publishers are encouraged to take their roles as guardians of the publishing sector seriously, and to take action when allegations of editorial misconduct appear. PIE works closely with all subscribing publishers and editors who are gathered around the online community to set together the standards of best practice and to ensure that any ethical issues, errors or plagiarism offences are dealt with in a professional way.

Editors, authors, peer-reviewers and other individuals involved in the publishing process are free to register as full members of PIE and contribute to the community with their knowledge and expertise. The PIE organisation provides full access to the information and the ethical advice and guidelines as well as the code of conduct for all its subscribers, whether they are publishers, editors, peer-reviewers or authors.

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