The independent research integrity specialist

For academic editors and publishers


Helping scholarly editors and publishers to manage research integrity issues, including paper mills, and establish strategies to prevent research misconduct and maintain research integrity.

Training & Courses

Training and courses, including the CPD certified Research Integrity Strategy Foundations Course, for editors and publishing staff who have responsibility for research integrity. 

Training and Courses

While the idea that scholarly research has integrity was previously taken as a given, increasing instances of high profile retractions due to manipulation of the publication process (paper mills) as well as concerns about the trustworthiness of published research in the wake of the Covid 19 pandemic, have highlighted the need for a more focused and proactive approach to preventing research misconduct and maintaining the integrity of the published scholarly record.

To help to address this need, I run training courses, including the CPD certified Research Integrity Strategy Foundations Course, and provide bespoke training and resources for academic editors and publishing staff with responsibility for research integrity.  

The Research Integrity Strategy Foundations Course

This is a one day (or two half days) CDP certified course intended for journal editors and publishing staff who may have a little experience  of handling cases of research misconduct at their journals and would like learn how to set up a framework to manage such cases more effectively and efficiently

By the end of the course you will be able to 

  • Understand what research misconduct is and how it can affect journals and publishers
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of editors and publishers
  • Understand common pitfalls that can delay the resolution of misconduct investigation and how to avoid them
  • Understand how editors and publishers can work together to build an effective research integrity strategy

Bespoke training for journal editors and publishing staff

I provide bespoke training and resources for academic journal editors and publishing staff on all aspects of research integrity.  For example, my training could include:

  • The roles and responsibilities of a journal editor
  • The basics of managing research integrity issues and how to comply with COPE guidance
  • Special considerations around research ethics and consent for research involving human participants 


And much more…


I work with journals and publishers to:

Manage and resolve research integrity issues including manipulation of the publication process

  • This might include managing routine research integrity issues, manuscript screening and investigating and managing complex publication manipulation of the publication process cases

Recognise where they might be vulnerable to research or publication misconduct

  • This might include conducting detailed research integrity needs analyses of editorial policies, processes and workflows

Develop strategies to meet research integrity needs

  • This might include recommendations for developing new policies, establishing training programmes, conducting journal audits, establishing screening processes, establishing teams and processes to handle cases of misconduct

Implement strategies to manage and prevent research integrity issues

  • This might include formulating editorial policies, writing content for and delivering training for staff and editors, providing subject matter advice on the development of screening tools and similar projects and establishing workflows for research integrity teams

Ensure that research and publishing innovations are compliant with best practice standards

  • This might include advising on the best approach to prevent misconduct or manipulation in relation to a publishing innovation

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