About me

I am an independent research integrity specialist who works with scholarly editors, publishers and institutions to reduce research misconduct and the manage complex research integrity issues.

I originally trained as a medical doctor at the Royal London Hospital, Queen Mary College, University of London, UK. After working in clinical practice for some years I went on to earn a PhD in clinical physiology.  

I made the decision to move into publishing over 15 years ago. As Medical Editor at BioMed Central, I was responsible for the content of the medical BMC series journals. I worked with publishers, authors, reviewers, editors, institutions, and government organizations to resolve many different types of research integrity issue. I also worked on creating training and resources to support editors, researchers and peer reviewers. As Associate Editorial Director, I lead the first team dedicated to maintaining research integrity at BioMed Central and was responsible for managing one of the earliest cases of manipulation of the publication process. I also helped to establish the research integrity team at Springer Nature.

I have in-depth experience of managing cases of publication process and peer review manipulation, and a special interest in medical research ethics.

As a current elected member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Council, I aim to help the organizations I work with follow COPE’s core practices.

I am an Affiliate Senior Associate at Maverick Publishing Specialists and serve on the Editorial Board of the journal Research Integrity and Peer Review

Testimonials

“It is refreshing to be able to work with someone so committed to helping people in a consultative and supportive way. “  LH

“Your instruction still shapes the way I handle ethics cases and how I train my team. Thank you!” TM-C

“Your instruction still shapes the way I handle ethics cases and how I train my team. Thank you!” TM-C

“Jigisha has made a huge contribution to how research integrity and publishing ethics are approached in STM publishing. That has been particularly significant for the reputation of OA.” RK

 

“Jigisha is very experienced in supporting editors and publishers with respect to editorial policy, handling issues in publishing ethics, strategy and training. She makes things happen.” EM

 

Previous projects

I  have worked with a major publishers on a variety of research integrity issues ranging from disputes and misconduct involving  individual manuscripts to large scale manipulation of the publication process. I have also developed  policies and reference documentation for journal editors and worked as a subject matter expert on a project related to peer review innovation. 

I coordinated an ASAPbio project to develop guidance on the responsible reporting in the media of research posted as preprints. You can read more about the project here.   In my capacity as a COPE Council member, I developed the first draft of the new COPE guidance and flowcharts on the management of the systematic manipulation of the publication process. 

Contact me

+44(0)7513866973

info@jigishapatel-ri.com