Tuesday, 21st March 2023

Publication Integrity & Ethics (PIE) was developed over a decade ago to address several areas of concern and promote real editorial freedom.Read more.


Join PIE


PIE Highlights
You are invited to join the Publication Integrity and Ethics as one of its founding members. PIE offers free membership to all interested individuals. Read more.
As an Editor-in-Chief Member you will play a central role in shaping the organisation; you will benefit from the many and varied facilities the P.I.E. Read more.
The Publication Integrity and Ethics intends to publish a special peer-reviewed periodical that will publish short debate articles in science. Read more.



Read about Publication Integrity and Ethics

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Like any other individual involved in the publishing sector or interested in the matters related to the editorial work, editors-in-chief have the opportunity to register freely with the Publication Integrity and Ethics. While membership comes with certain benefits and obligations, it sends a positive signal to the readers that the journal, the editorial staff and the organisation follows the ethical code of practice and the PIE guidelines for ethical editorial conduct.

As full members of PIE, editors-in-chief have the responsibility to comply with the ethical rules and the guidelines provided by PIE, as well as with the resolutions of the Council Sub-Committee in cases of breaches and complaints. They have the duty to signal any third party misconduct or breach in the guidelines, as well as the errors that may appear within the published pages of the journals they manage.

All editors-in-chief that choose to register and become members of the PIE have not only duties but also benefits such as:

-    access to all the information available on the PIE website that may be used in order to guide and train the authors, peer reviewers and other staff under them according to the guidelines and the code of conduct published by the PIE Council.
-    free access to the resources available online, the code of ethical editorial conduct, the guidelines of the council and the database of complaints and disputes mediated by the board.
-    submit complaints against other editors, authors, publishers and journals about any issue related to the publishing sector and breaches in the code of conduct. However, the official complaints form must be used in order to formulate a complaint and the Council Sub-Committee asked to investigate the matter.

-    receive complaints from third party individuals and ask for the PIE Council Sub-Committee mediation and resolution.
-    access to all the updates in the guidelines, eLearning packages and other relevant data as well as all the newsletters sent through the PIE website.
-    maintaining a constant and constructive dialogue with the online community that gathers around PIE and acquiring information on everything that takes place within the publishing sector.
-    ask the Council for official audits in order to assess whether their journals follow the PIE guidelines for ethical editorial conduct.
-    use all the resources available on the PIE website in order to guide and train all the authors, peer-reviewers and other member of the staff under them associated with the journals they manage whether they have a direct or an indirect contribution to the journal.
-    free access to the online repository that comprises the PIE guidelines for each type of member in particular, flowcharts, sample letters for complaints, contact and a comprehensive database of previous cases of breaches and complaints investigated by the Council Sub-Committee.

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