Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

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The key to effective whistleblowing is interprofessional collaboration

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 29 July 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3055

Rapid Response:

Upholding professional integrity

I applaud John Roddick's proposal for a Centre for Professional
Integrity. I chair COPE (the Committee on Publication Ethics) which
requires its members to follow its good practice guidelines and might
therefore be viewed as promoting professional integrity for journal
editors. We also advise editors about how to respond to cases of suspected
research and publication misconduct and it is depressing how often they
meet a brick wall when they try to raise concerns with academic
institutions. We would welcome initiatives that would identify a person to
take responsibility for research conduct who could be contacted by
editors, or anybody else, with concerns.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

05 August 2009
Liz Wager
Chair, COPE
Princes Risborough, HP27 9DE, UK