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


PIE Member

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.



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Membership of PIE is free of charge and it is available for editors-in-chief, editors, authors and peer-reviewers. Furthermore, any editor-in-chief that signs up with PIE certifies that its journal will follow and comply with the highest ethical standards in the publication sector and with the PIE guidelines and recommendations. As soon as the editor-in-chief is accepted as a PIE member, its journal will be granted the PIE journal membership status.

Currently PIE does not offer membership to publishers; however publishers can select to be PIE adherents, if they wish; in this case they will have full access to PIE and its facilities.

A publisher can become a PIE adherent free of charge. Every publisher that chooses to be a PIE adherent agrees to offer support to PIE to promote and enhance publication integrity and ethics.

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However, being adherent to PIE does not certify that a publisher follows the PIE guidelines and recommendations for ethical editorial conduct in its entirety. It certifies that the publisher is aware of the guidelines and the code of conduct and if problems and errors occur during the publishing process, any individual is able to formulate complaints against them and ask for immediate corrections and retractions.

As full members of PIE, editors-in-chief, editors, peer-reviewers and authors have the duty to comply with the ethical rules of the publishing sector and, whereupon they are aware of misconduct or errors, they will highlight them and ask for resolutions. Full members should follow the PIE guidelines and recommendations.

Benefits of PIE membership

Any individual may register and become a member of PIE. All members however, are required to agree and comply with PIE Guidelines for ethical conduct in the publishing sector. Apart from this agreement, members of PIE can:
-    submit or receive complaints and advice related to the issues investigated through the PIE complaint system.
-    access all the information available online related to the guidelines, the updates on the guidelines, e-learning packages and other relevant data to their jobs.
-    ask for an audit in order to assess whether they match the PIE Guidelines or not.
-    use the PIE logo in their publication and the PIE resources to guide and train the editorial staff and the reviewers if available. All the resources available on site are free. The repository comprises: the codes of conduct and PIE guidelines for each party in particular (publishers, editors, authors and peer-reviewers), flowcharts, sample letters for complaints, retraction guidelines, a database of previous cases and newsletters.
-    receive newsletters and updates related to the guidelines or, if it is the case, related to the complaints formulated by them or against them by third party individuals.

Who is eligible for PIE membership?

-    Editors and editors-in chief, editorial board members and authors of publications, whether their activity is limited to printed materials, online materials or both.
-    Peer-reviewers and other individuals involved directly or indirectly in the reviewing process and other adjacent tasks related to the publishing sector.
-    Individuals who are not involved in the publishing sector but are interested in the publishing ethics.
-    PIE does not offer membership to publishers; however publishers can select to be PIE adherents, if they wish, and will have full access to PIE and its facilities.

Requirements for PIE members

-        All members registered with PIE agree to comply with PIE guidelines and codes of good editorial conduct.
-        They must act as protectors for the code of ethical editorial conduct and if possible, give training and updates to any individual whose activity relates to the publishing sector. Publishers and editors must give guidance and training to all the members of the editorial team under them.
-        If they are aware of misconduct or significant errors that may be considered breaches to the code of conduct, they must signal them to the Council Sub-Committee; if necessary, they have to formulate complaints and ask for resolutions.
-        If complaints were formulated against them, members of PIE must comply with the rules and the decisions made by the Council Sub-Committee. If necessary, they must publish corrections, retractions or apologies.
-        All complaints must be formulated directly to the publisher or the editor-in-chief. Official complaints through the PIE’s complaints system must be formulated only if the initial case was not resolved and further investigations are required.
-        When a dispute is investigated, both parties must inform the PIE Council Committee on all the main aspects of the matter disputed. They must put at the Council’s Sub-Committee disposal all the documents related to the dispute as well as the correspondence exchanged by the parties. If one of the parties decides to take legal actions, the Sub-Committee must be informed.

Subscription to PIE

Membership of PIE is free of charge and available to all eligible individuals stated above. Please feel free to contact PIE for any information about the membership, the guidelines or the PIE organisation by using our contact section.


The Publication Integrity & Ethics has taken all reasonable care to ensure that the pages for members and adherents are accurate. However PIE can take no responsibility for the consequences of error or for any loss or damage suffered by users of any of the information published on any of these pages. If you have a concern about any of our Members (Affiliates and Editors-in-Chief) or Adherents pages, please contact us on

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