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Communications between COPE and PIE

 

The Publication Integrity and Ethics (PIE) received its first communication from the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) on the 18th of February 2014. Dr Virginia Barbour, Chair of COPE and Medicine Editorial Director of PLOS sought clarification on some of the issues that were raised previously by anonymous bloggers. The communications can be accessed through these following links:

1st communication (18th Feb 2014): Email from Natalie Ridgeway, COPE Operations Manager with an attachment from Dr Virginia Barbour, Chair of COPE and Medicine Editorial Director of PLOS. (Link)
2nd communication (26th Feb 2014): Email from Waseem Jerjes, Director and Vice-Chairman of PIE. (Link)
3rd communication (11th Mar 2014): Email from Waseem Jerjes, Director and Vice-Chairman of PIE. (Link)
4th communication (18th Mar 2014): Email from Waseem Jerjes, Director and Vice-Chairman of PIE. (Link)
5th communication (2nd April 2014): Email from Dr Virginia Barbour, Chair of COPE and Medicine Editorial Director of PLOS and Natalie Ridgeway, COPE Operations Manager. (Link)
 
Vice Chairman and Director of the Publication Integrity and Ethics (Waseem Jerjes) was the first point of communication with Dr Virginia Barbour.

Waseem Jerjes commented on these communications:

“The communication from COPE,” he explained, “was welcome and fully justified to ensure that integrity and transparency is maintained within the research integrity and publication ethics discipline. COPE expressed concerns, which I completely accept as reasonable,” he added, “and I am glad that we have been given the opportunity to provide answers to all their queries.”

Mr Jerjes went on to confirm: “I accept COPE’s final response that there are differences of opinion between our two organisations regarding the raised issues, but I feel that this would be expected to arise in any scientific discipline. We will continue to investigate the motives of these anonymous bloggers,” he said, “and the aggressiveness towards our organisation; as a result we are looking into our legal options.”

Colin Hopper, Chairman of the Publication Integrity and Ethics commented, “I am pleased that this issue was clarified to COPE; it is of major concern how anonymous blogging can be damaging and how the network is organised to cause defamation to others.”

 

The Publication Integrity & Ethics Council

 

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