GIPS Forum 2014: Roundtable on Academic Publication: Training, Ethics, and the Future

GIPS Forum Audio

Date and Time: March 1, 2014. 3:00 – 5:00PM
Location: Room 24 A-C, San Diego Convention Center

Moderator: Jeffrey D Goldsmith, MD


Philip Cagle, MD
Editor, Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
The Methodist Hospital Research Insitute
Medical Director, Pulmonary Pathology
Department of Pathology and Genomic Medicine
The Methodist Hospital
Houston, TX

John N. Eble, MD, MBA, FRCPA
Editor, Modern Pathology
Nordshow Professor of Laboratory Medicine
Chair, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, IN

Stacey E. Mills, MD
Editor, American Journal of Surgical Pathology
Professor and Director of Surgical Pathology and Cytopathology
University of Virginia School of Medicine
Charlottesville, VA


3 – 3:10PM: Welcome / Education Committee / Outline of Expectations

3:10 – 4:45PM: Roundtable Discussion:

I. Educational issues behind academic writing (Eble)
a. Training of young pathologists to promote good research.
b. Crafting good research questions that can be answered rigorously
c. Issues surrounding clear academic writing. How to train people to do so – comment on the current state of affairs.
d. Rejection rate ~80%: Good ideas, bad execution. More than just IHC to answer a biologic question.
e. Academic productivity versus quality.

II. Ethical considerations (Cagle)

a. Plagarism: The obvious and the subtle (referring to yourself and using your previously published material which belongs to the publisher)
b. References without reading the entire paper – abstracts versus reading paper
c. Guideline writing – how do journals deal with this potentially thorny area (i.e. who has the right to publish practice guidelines)
d. “Fake” journals and meetings: it seems we are getting a lot of e-mails asking for papers or reviews (usually online) or invitations to meetings which seem to be for the purpose of padding CV’s. Are these going to be taken seriously by PRT committes and the general community? How do young pathologists navigate this? See article for review.
Who’s Afraid of Peer Review

III. Pathology Publication: Then and Now (Mills)
a. Comments on progression of pathology (histology -> IHC -> Molecular) and how that has impacted journals and pathology papers.
b. Technical advances in publication. Electronic versions of journals.
c. Peer review issues. How the journals operate w/r to reviewers and final decision making.

4:45 – 5:00PM. Guidelines Update: Galen Cortina

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