(November 14, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA) - Editage has been busy conducting educational seminars and enlightening the academic community in China about ethical publication practices. Dr. Donald Samulack, President, U.S. Operations, Editage/Cactus Communications recently visited Beijing, China to enlighten authors and journal editors about irresponsible publication practices. This tour is timely as plagiarism is on the rise, scholarly communications from China are being scrutinized, and the credibility of published research is being questioned, globally.
The tour began at China Science Press, where the talk about unethical publication practices was enlightening for many young professional editors. The educational tour shifted gears with a presentation and detailed discussion at the Library of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). Managing editors of journals published by CAS learned of the damage that predatory journals and fraudulent publication practices inflict on the integrity of the scholarly literature.
The final stop was at the Workshop on Scientific Publishing for Clinical Microbiologists in China hosted by the Society of Microbiology and Immunology of the Chinese Medical Association in collaboration with the American Society for Microbiology. The three-day workshop was conducted at the Peking University Health Science Center and was attended by 234 editors, scientists, and clinicians from 24 provinces across China. Besides author resources and microbiology-specific discussions, fraudulent practices such as ‘authorship for sale’ and bogus impact factors of predatory journals were discussed at length with this large group.
When asked about this lecture tour, Dr. Samulack passionately stated, “This visit to China was a great opportunity to increase awareness about unethical, and in some cases fraudulent, publication practices out there. Raising awareness about unethical practices and guiding researchers in the right direction is of paramount importance, not only in this part of world, but globally. With every such activity, we move closer to achieving the objective of Editage to accelerate science by eliminating language barriers for all researchers around the world. Of all my visits to China, I have been able to exchange information and ideas most effectively during this visit. The understanding of the issues and the grasp of English of the young Chinese researchers in attendance was impressive.”
Editage hopes to conduct more seminars and workshops in China each year, to promote responsible and ethical publication practices amongst the academic community. It is hoped that continuous efforts in this direction will strengthen the quality and reception of publications originating from China.
Founded in 2002, Editage (a division of Cactus Communications) is a fully integrated, global scholarly communications company with offices in Tokyo, Seoul, Mumbai, Shanghai, and Philadelphia. Employing 500+ people across its 5 offices, Editage has served 160,000+ authors and edited 660,000+ papers across 1,200 disciplines. Editage aims to help scholars break through the confines of geography and language, to bridge the gap between authors and peer-reviewed journals, and to accelerate the process of publishing high-quality research. Apart from working with individual researchers, Editage partners with publishers, journals, academic societies, and pharmaceutical companies worldwide to assist them in creating compelling, high-quality scientific publications. Editage is also dedicated to author education through its comprehensive author resources site Editage Insights. Please visit www.editage.com to learn more.
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