13th EASE Conference, 10-12 June 2016, Strasbourg, France

The main theme of the 13th EASE Conference is  “Scientific integrity: editors on the front line” along with many other hot topics. There will also be pre and post-conference practical workshops.

Useful information

Registration is now open


The opening ceremony will be held on Friday 10th June 2016 at 16:30. The keynote lecture Surgery: from research to training and publishing will be given by  Prof. Jacques Marescaux, IRCAD, Strasbourg. This will be followed by cocktails.

On Saturday, 11th June the programme begins with a plenary lecture Selective publication and the replicability crisis by Lex Bouter, from the Vrijje University, Amersterdam, The Netherlands. This will be followed by two parallel sessions (see below). At lunchtime, there is a second plenary lecture by Mechelle Bergadaa from the University of Geneva, Switzerland on the topic of Plagiarism. This will be followed by two more parallel sessions (details below). 

Sunday, 12 thJune begins with two sets of parallel session (08:45-10:15 and 10:45-12:00). At lunchtime there is a Plenary Lecture on the topic of Integrity and editors: the view from PubPeer by Boris Barbour, of PubPeer Paris. The conference ends with the closing ceremony (13:00-13:45), chaired by EASE President, Ana Marusic. 

Parallel sessions Saturday 11 June 2016

Parallel sesions usually consist of four talks with time for questions. The session ends with a short panel discussion of about 15 minutes.

Detecting misconduct (10:30-12:30)

1A: Screening

Moderator: Rachael Lammey, CrossRef, UK

Sioux Cumming
Chris Palmer

1B: Role of technical and managing editors

Moderator: Pippa Smart, PSP Consulting, Oxford, UK

Pre-submission: Copyediting for non-native speakers: cultural and ethical problems to look out for (Elise Langdon-Neuner)
Submission: How the editorial office educates and manages misconduct (Duncan Nicholas)
Post-acceptance: The role of technical/copyediting editors as watchdogs and negotiators (Helen Penny)
The integrity of the author: my rights (Pippa Smart)

Further details of these presentations and biographies of the speakers are available below.

Preventing misconduct (15:30-17:30)

2A: Editorial guidelines

Moderator: Paola de Castro, National Institute of Health in Italy, Rome

How guidelines can help reduce waste in research  (David Moher)
The CoBRA guidelines for citation of bioresources (Ann Cambon Thomsen)
How can SAGER guidelines contribute to sex and gender equity in research? (Shirin Heidari)
Institute of Gender Health ’s training modules to improve reviewer’s ability to assess sex and gender in publications (Cara Tannenbaum)
Five years of EASE Guidelines (2010–2015): promoting complete, readable, and ethical publications (Sylwia Ufnalska)
When guidelines do not seem to help: how to manage difficult cases (Ines Steffens)

Further details of these presentations and biographies of the speakers are available below.

2B: Reducing waste in research and publishing

Moderator: Joan Marsh, The Lancet, UK

Reducing waste from incomplete or unusable reports of biomedical research (Paul Glasziou)
Registered reports: Cortex experience (Pia Rotshtein)
How freelance publication professionals can help avoid waste (Karen Shashok and Pamela Waltl)
Experimental Design Assistant: helping authors to follow guidelines (Nathalie Percie du Sert)

What next?  Next steps for the Reward agenda (Elizabeth Wager)
Panel discussion: What can we do to move this agenda forwards?
Further details of these presentations and biographies of the speakers are available below.

Parallel sessions Sunday 12 June 2016

Handling and understanding misconduct (08:45-10:15)

3A: Managing cases of misconduct 

Moderator: Mirjam Curno, Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Council; Frontiers, Switzerland

On the art of whistleblowing (Christiaan Sterken)
Navigating ethical cases: from the role of publishers to collaborating with other editors (Elizabeth Moylan)

3B: COST action PEERE: Research on peer review and research integrity

Moderator: Elizabeth Wager, Sideview, UK

Transparency may come at a serious cost. Confidential vs. open peer review in a simulation model (Flaminio Squzzoni)
Peer review innovations aiming to support science and reward reviewers (Bahar Mehmani)
Equipping reviewers to improve review quality and integrity: Lessons from a survey of peer reviewers (Michael Willis)
What can qualitative research tell us about the integrity of peer review? (Ana Marušić)
Transparency of the peer-review in Croatian OA journals
(Jadranka Stojanovski)

Further details of these presentations and biographies of the speakers are available below.

Raising standards (10:45-12:00)

4A: Publication ethics and integrity beyond biomedicine

Moderator: Elizabeth Wager, Sideview, UK

An informal forum for discussing publication ethics and research integrity in fields other than biomedicine. We welcome short contributions from participants working in these areas.

4B: Editor certification and raising standards

Moderator: Duncan Nicholas, DN Journal Publishing Services, UK

Understanding the value of certification for medical journal editors (Al Weigel)
Towards an evidence-based core-competency program (David Moher)
The editors’ end-game: understanding, working with, and getting closer to the author (Donald Samulack)

Further details of these presentations and biographies of the speakers are available below.

Optional workshops

The following three optional workshops will run before or after the main conference.These workshops are charged separately and are open to non-members and people not attending the conference

Friday 10 June 9-2pm. 
Statistics for editors
Chris Palmer, Lancet statistical reviewer, United Kingdom 
Friday 10 June 9-1pm.
Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) workshop
Mirjam Curno

Sunday 12 June, 2.30-5.30 (Part 1) and Monday 13 June 9.30-4pm (Part 2).
How to be a successful journal editor
Pippa Smart, PSP Consulting United Kingdom 

Further details of these courses are available for download.


Two prizes are on offer. The first is sponsored by The Lancet and The Lancet Psychiatry and will be awarded for the best poster on medical editing. First prize is a 12-month online subscription to The Lancet and The Lancet Psychiatry, a Lancet branded poster tube, pad & pen, a personalized Lancet poster prize certificate and a listing in the poster prize section of The Lancet website.

The runner up will receive a 12-month online subscription to The Lancet Psychiatry, a Lancet branded poster tube, pad & pen, a personalized Lancet poster prize certificate and a listing in the poster prize section of The Lancet website.The Lancet

The second is sponsored by the Annals of Botany Prize and will be awarded to the best non-medical poster. Prize details will be confirmed, but are likely to include a certificate and 2017 EASE membership.

Although the official deadline for poster submissions has passed, late submissions will be considered.


Register here. (Early bird registration closed on 30th April) 

Members £249 (£279 after 30th April)

Non-members £349 (£379 after 30th April)


Transport, venue and accommodation

Strasbourg offers many wonderful places to visit and memorable food and wine.


You can reach Strasbourg: 

  • by train: the TGV from Paris Est, Paris Roissy CDG, or Frankfurt; it takes 2h20 min from Paris (could be 1h50min in June)
  • by plane:
    • Strasbourg airport has a few direct lines to European destinations.
    • At Frankfurt airport, there is shuttle bus to Strasbourg (2 hours). 
    • Baden Baden airport is served by a few low-cost airlines, and a bus to Strasbourg (60 km)


The conference will take place at the School of Medicine, 4 Rue Kirschleger, 67000 Strasbourg:

  • The School is close to the Hôpital Civil, 1 Place de L Hôpital, 67000 Strasbourg; 
  • It is walking distance from downtown (less than 1 km)
  • There is a tram; lines A and D stop at ‘Porte de l’hôpital’ (and then go through the Hôpital Civil to reach the School of Medicine). When you are in the Hôpital, don’t forget to visit the Cave à vins.


Book as soon as possible, as Strasbourg is usually busy during summer (some hotels are already full).

  • All hotels in the city center, around the train station, or at Petite France, are convenient.
  • The Ibis Centre Ponts couverts is the closest hotel, and all Ibis are OK: Ibis Petite France, Ibis Halles, Ibis Centre Gare.
  • There are Mercure and Novotel hotels in the centre of town.
  • There are many other small, family-run hotels.

Social events

The opening ceremony and welcome reception will be held at IRCAD, Hôpitaux de Strasbourg The conference dinner will take place at the Brasserie Les Haras, a recently renovated historical site in the city center.