Monday, 17th June 2024

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





The Publication Integrity and Ethics organisational mission is one of great importance; it seeks to promote and maintain a better and a healthier publishing environment through a new set of ethical rules and guidelines, an impressive database of free to access resources and better ways of communication between the main actors of the editorial world.

PIE promotes editorial freedom but also ensures that this freedom will not be violated by acts of editorial misconduct and plagiarism; it ensures the editors, authors, publishers and reviewers are well represented and have a proper way of dealing with errors, editorial mistakes and breaches in the code of conduct through PIE and its online complaint system made available for all members.

Authors, editors, reviewers 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. For this end, the Publication Integrity and Ethics offers to all its members and adherents involved in the publishing sector a comprehensive range of useful tools and resources; these will help them understand its organisational mission and the code of conduct.

Help us to promote healthy and ethical debate     Publication Integrity and Ethics Debate Issues

The main resources available are as follows:
-    the code of conduct and breach of conduct: the Publication Integrity and Ethics aims mainly to define the best practice in the ethics of publishing and editorial conduct. The Code of Conduct available on this website complements the PIE guidelines also published here and made available for authors, editors, reviewers, editors-in-chief and publishers.

-    a comprehensive selection of the main duties for each of the main actors of the publishing sector, including authors, editors, reviewers and publishers.
-    an extensive section which includes summaries of all the complaints submitted to PIE through the complaint system, whether they were finalised or not. This database is free to access by all our members and adherents, especially those who are researching publication ethics, who have the opportunity to browse into a valuable resource of knowledge and information on what are the main breaches in the code and all the possible outcomes of a complaint.
-    a complete set of online exercises designed to help authors, editors, reviewers and publishers understand the main concepts of the publication ethics ideals and learn about the possible scenarios that may occur during their editorial work, whether they are confronted with complaints against them or they become aware of breaches outside of their duty. We encourage all our new members to take seriously the resources available on this website and complete the exercises before making a complaint against other members or non-members in cases of breach in the code or suspected misconduct.
-    a simple yet better way of learning about the complaints procedure and the process to follow. The PIE charts will also help individuals to better understand what they should do and what steps they need to undertake when faced with cases of suspected misconduct.

Return to homepage