2015 Webinar 1: Prevention is Better than Retraction

Held: March 10, 2015, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Eastern Time

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In the past decade we have seen a sharp increase in retractions of published manuscripts. Retractions may occur for a variety of reasons, ranging from data errors and accidental misreporting to more serious cases of breaches of publication ethics. The session will focus on examples of the latter, namely failure to disclose conflicts of interest, plagiarism, and image manipulation. We will look at tools which managing editors can use to identify these issues early on in the peer review and publication process, and we will explore best practice in embedding these tools in the editorial office workflow. This is essential to improving the integrity of the published scientific literature.


  • To increase awareness of some major reasons for retractions of scientific publications.
  • Provide a basic understanding of the tools available to help identify breaches of publication ethics.


Jennifer Deyton


Michael Willis, Senior Manager, Peer Review, Wiley Blackwell

After a spell of teaching and research in ancient history and literature, Michael Willis started his publishing career with CatchWord (later Ingenta) in processing and managing online journal content for STM publishers. He joined Blackwell Publishing (now Wiley) in 2005 as Editorial Services Manager, responsible for running journal editorial offices, managing a team of editorial assistants, and planning editorial office resource within the Health Sciences portfolio. Appointed Senior Manager, Peer Review (EMEA) in July 2014, he oversees the management of many of Wiley’s in-house editorial offices, and the creation and implementation of peer review best practice. Michael is President-Elect of the ISMTE in 2015