Wednesday, 8th December 2021

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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Editors-in-chief have the opportunity to register with PIE. The membership sends a positive signal to readers of the journal and all other individuals that the journal, the editorial staff and the editor-in-chief follow the ethical code of practice and PIE’s guidelines for editorial conduct.

As full members of PIE, editors-in-chief agree to comply with the ethical rules of the publishing sector and the guidelines provided by PIE. They also have the duty to signal any third party misconduct or breach of the guidelines, as well as the errors that may appear within the published pages of a journal; this includes any problems relating to the relationship between the editorial team and their readers or peer-reviewers.

Benefits of PIE membership for the editors-in-chief

Like any other individual, an editor-in-chief can become a member of PIE by choosing to register for free with the organisation. The membership allows the editors-in-chief to:
-    train editors and authors according to the guidelines published by PIE.
-    access the information available online and the resources related to the guidelines, the code of ethical editorial conduct and the disputes in case of breach
-    submit complaints about issues related to the publishing sector, (problems, errors and editorial misconduct) through PIE’s complaint system.
-    receive complaints and ask for PIE’s Council Sub-Committee mediation.
-    receive constant updates on the guidelines, e-learning packages and other relevant sets of data they may need in order to complete their jobs.

-    maintain dialogue with the community and continue to be informed about everything that happens in the publishing sector.
-    ask for audits to asses if they are in line with the PIE guidelines for ethical editorial conduct.
-    use all the resources available to guide and train the editorial staff and the individuals who have a direct or an indirect contribution to the journal they manage.
-    the repository comprising of the codes of conduct and PIE guidelines for each type of member 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 on the guidelines and other news related to the publishing sector.
-    Gain free access to the complaints database.
-    Enable the journal handled by the editor-in-chief to be given automatic membership and the status of PIE journal. The member journal can use the PIE logo to indicate its membership.

Requirements for editors-in-chief that are full members of PIE

-    Together with the publishers and the owners of the journals, editors-in-chief are the main protectors of the code of ethical editorial conduct and the PIE Guidelines. If needed, they must offer guidance and training to all editorial and non-editorial staff in order to achieve and maintain the ethical work environment.
-    All members of the staff under them must be updated on a constant basis on any change that may appear in the publication’s course or in the guidelines that they agree with when registered with PIE for a full membership.
-    Consequently, editors-in-chief must agree and comply with PIE Guidelines and they must act in accordance with them.
-    If they are aware of misconduct and other breaches in the guidelines, editors-in-chief must comply with the ethical code of conduct and correct them if possible, or formulate complaints against the publishers who have failed to follow the guidelines if the errors appear in other publications.
-    If any other individual or publisher formulated complaints against them or the journals they manage, editors-in-chief must comply with the decisions made by the PIE Council Sub-Committee and publish corrections, retractions or apologies.

PIE subscription for editors-in-chief

Membership of PIE is free of charge and available to all editors-in-chief as well the other members of the editorial staff. If you are the editor of a journal and you need any further information about the membership, the guidelines or the resources available on the PIE website, feel free to contact us by using our contact section. In case of breach, please contact the Council Sub-Committee or make complaints using our complaints system.


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