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Dr Irene Hames is an independent advisor on research integrity, research publication and publication ethics, and has run many workshops in these areas for researchers at all career stages. Her experience in research communication and publication spans 40 years, including 20 years as the managing editor of a large scientific journal. Dealing with a wide range of ethical and integrity issues at journal level made Irene realise the importance of educating researchers in all aspects of research integrity and publication ethics.
Irene was a Council Member, Director and Trustee of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) 2010-13. During her time with COPE she originated the COPE Case Taxonomy, produced the original version of the COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers, and took on the role of Editor of its monthly newsletter, the COPE Digest: Publication Ethics in Practice.
She is the author of the book Peer Review and Manuscript Management in Scientific Journals, and in 2011 was the specialist advisor to the UK Parliament House of Commons Science and Technology Committee for its inquiry into peer review and the resulting report, Peer Review in Scientific Publications. In 2017, Irene was awarded the Publons Sentinel Award for outstanding advocacy, innovation or contribution to scholarly peer review.
Irene has held voluntary advisory roles with a number of organisations, including Sense About Science, the Royal Society of Biology (where she is a Fellow), and the International Society of Managing and Technical Editors (ISMTE), of which she was a founding Board member and Chair of the Ethics Committee.