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WAME International Conference for Medical Journal Editors

1-4 October 2015, New Delhi, India
Pre Conference Workshops at AIIMS, New Delhi

October 1, 2015

WAME is celebrating its 20th birthday (1995 to 2015) and is marking this important event by hosting the first independent WAME conference.

Pre Conference
Date Timing Session Topic/ Title
8:45-9:15 Registration
Workshop All workshops run concurrently from 9:15 to 5:30 PM
Workshop I Workshop for Editors
A Journal Editor’s Tool Kit (Coordinator: Rod Rohrich)
Workshop II COPE-WAME Workshop on Detecting and Responding to Research Misconduct (Coordinator: Lorraine Ferris)
Workshop III Peer Review for Editors, Reviewers and Authors (Coordinator: Tom Lang)

Note: Participants attending a full day of pre-conference workshop for editors and staying through the full conference will receive a Certificate of Participation from the World Association of Medical Editors.

  • You can register yourself for the workshop only. Registration Guidelines
  • Those who registered for the conference don’t need to pay anything extra to attend the workshop. They may choose any one workshop form the options above.
  • Online and off line both registration options available.

Workshop I Workshop for Editors
A Journal Editor’s Tool Kit

October 1, 2015, Thursday, 9:15 AM to 17:00 PM

Moderator/Panelist : Rod J. Rohrich, MD, Editor-in-Chief, PRS and PRS Global Open- USA

Panelists :

Aaron Weinstein, Managing Editor, PRS and PRS Global Open- USA

Abraham Haileamlak, African Journal Partnership Project- ETHIOPIA

Anita Jain, India Editor, BMJ India-INDIA

Dheeraj Shah, Editor-in-Chief, Indian Pediatrics-INDIA

Duncan MacRae, Sr. Manager, Open Access, Editorial, Health Learning, Research & Practice, Wolters Kluwer Health-USA

Ian Burgess, Group Publisher, Medical & Open Access Publishing, Wolters Kluwer Health- UK

Tom Lang, Tom Lang Communications and Training International- USA

Time Session Speaker
9:15 – 9:45 Role(s) of the Editor
  1. Based on CSE White Paper- Promoting Integrity in Scientific Journal Publications, 2012 Update, which has a section on Editor responsibilities
  2. Based on the WAME Concept paper for Funding Agencies
  3. Resources: A list of regional, national, and international editors’ organizations? EMAME, EASE, CSE, etc.
Rod Rohrich
9:45 – 10:30 Content, Authors, and Strategy
  1. Establishing Aims and Scope for a Journal
  2. Establishing the Journal’s channels: print/online
    • Necessary file formats: HTML, PDF, ePub, etc
    • XML Formatting
    • RSS feeds
  3. EQUATOR: Research Reporting Guidelines (including the SAMPL statistical reporting guidelines)
  4. Establishing Information for Authors and Checklists
  5. Authors
    • Tool kits (how to safely and legally engage)
    • ORCID statement
  6. Author Conflicts of interest – WAME COI statement/editorial
Rod Rohrich
Anita Jain
Aaron Weinstein
10:30 – 11:00 Building Journal Staff and Support Infrastructure
  1. Establishing Editorial Office Roles
  2. Primer on Private/Proprietary vs. Society Journals (Ian Burgess – 10 minutes)
  3. Establishing an Editorial Board
    • Benefits of ‘co-editor’ in transparency
    • How to involve and get the most from the Editorial Board
Rod Rohrich
Ian Burgess
Aaron Weinstein
11:00–11:20 Tea break
11:20 – 12:15 Peer Review
  1. Instructions for peer-reviewers
    • The Golden Rule/BE NICE
  2. The peer-review “form” and “comments”- what’s the most important
  3. Open vs. single-blind vs. double-blind
  4. The review process: from submission to adjudication
Tom Lang
Rod Rohrich
12:15 – 12:50 Indexing Strategies Duncan MacRae
12:50 – 13:10 Gauging Growth and Success
  1. Indexing and Impact Factor (Duncan)
  2. Submission & rejection rates
  3. Review and publication times
  4. Reach, usage & alternative metrics (ian)
Ian Burgess
Duncan MacRae
Aaron Weinstein
13:10 – 14:10 Lunch
14:10 – 15:00 Academic Misconduct and Ethical Issues-
  1. . Journal Legal, Ethical, and Editorial Policies
  2. Resources: WAME, ICMJE statements, COPE
  3. Case Study (which you don’t give the answer to) … how would anybody solve this.
Rod Rohrich
Dheeraj Shah
Q&A, open discussion
15:00 – 16:00 Developing country journal perspective I
  1. Types of papers – need for various types, advantages and disadvantages
  2. Finding and retaining reviewers
  3. Improving the quality of submissions
  4. Discussion
Duncan MacRae
Abraham Haileamlak
16:00-16:20 Tea
16:20-17:30 Developing country journal perspective II
  1. Financial aspects: sources of financing -- society, subscription, advertising, website, others
  2. Relationship of the journal and journal editor with the owner professional society
  3. Conflicts of interest for editor and editorial board members- WAME COI statement/editorial
Ian Burgess
Rod Rohrich

Workshop II COPE–WAME workshop Detecting and responding to research misconduct

October 1, 2015, Thursday (9:15 AM to 5:30 PM)

All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi

Coordinator: Lorraine Ferris
Time Session Speaker
9:15 – 9:35 What constitutes “scientific misconduct”? Charlotte Haug (CH)
9:35 – 9:55 Conflict of interest Christine Laine (CL)
9:55 – 10:15 Authorship – definition and controversies Darren Taichman (DT)
10:15 – 10:30 Discussion Lorraine Ferris (LF)/CH
10:30 – 10:50 COPE Code of Conduct for Editors and Publishers CH
10:50 – 11:10 How to deal with suspected misconduct (CH 20 min) Flowcharts COPE Forum and Ask COPE CH/Md Irfan (MI)
10:10 – 11:20 Discussion LF/CH
11:20 – 11:40 Tea break
11:40 – 1:30 COPE eLearning (Participants working on their laptops in groups of two or three, 110 min) CH/CL/DT/LF/MI
1:30 – 2:30 Lunch
2:30 – 3:40 Breakout session with discussion of cases (Groups of 10-15 people, 70 min) CH/CL/DT/LF/MI
3:40 – 4:00 Tea
4:00 – 5:00 A case study on scientific misconduct (an interactive session) CH/CL/CT/LF/MI
5:00 – 5:30 Discussion LF/CH

Workshop III Peer Review for Editors, Reviewers, and Authors

October 1, 2015, Thursday, 9:15 AM to 17:00 PM

Moderator : Tom Lang, MA, Principal, Tom Lang Communications and Training International

Speakers  : Trish Groves, Deputy Editor, BMJ; Editor-in-chief, BMJ Open

Ana Marusic, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Global Health

Time Topic Primary Speaker
9:00–9:10 Introductions and overview Tom
9:10–10:10 History and Forms of Peer Review Ana
10:10–11:00 What Journal Editors Need to Know about Peer Review (identifying, working with, and evaluating reviewers) Trish
11:00–11:20 Tea break
11:20–11:40 Small-group exercise: what do you want reviewers to know and be able to do?
11:40–11:50 Discussion of exercise Trish
11:50–13:15 What Reviewers Need to Know about Peer Review (research and publication ethics; journal-specific facts; qualities of a good review and reviewer) Ana
13:15–14:15 Lunch
14:15–14:45 Small-group exercise: evaluating a review report and responses to reviewers
14:45–15:00 Discussion of exercise Trish
15:00–16:00 What Reviewers Need to Know about Peer Review, continued (evidence-based reporting standards; statistical errors; critical appraisal) Tom
16:00–16:20 Tea break
16:20–16:50 Small-group exercise: a different approach to critical appraisal
16:50–17:00 Discussion of exercise Tom