I am an independent research integrity specialist and founder of Jigisha Patel Research Integrity Limited. Through my company, I work with scholarly editors, publishers, and institutions to reduce research misconduct and manage complex research integrity issues.

I 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 Ph.D. 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.