Publishing ethics in Chemical and Material Sciences

About this video

A journal editor isn’t just interested in whether your manuscript is well written, or contains ground-breaking results. For them it’s crucial that your submission is ethically sound. In this webinar recording, you will hear from Dr. Susan Sinnott, Editor-in-Chief of Computational Materials Science, and Dr. Baptiste Gault, a former Senior Publisher for materials science. 

They run through the key ethics responsibilities that early career researchers should be aware of. Using plenty of practical examples, they explain what it means to be an author and earn the right to have your name listed on the paper. They explore the dos and don’ts around attributing authorship and the role contributorship statements can play. Additionally, they examine the thorny topic of plagiarism in detail. 

You’ll come away with a clear understanding of how breaking the ethics rules can seriously damage your reputation and the knowledge you need to get it right. 

About the presenters

Baptiste Gault

Senior Publisher, Materials Science, Elsevier

After a PhD in France (University of Rouen, 2006), developing the pulsed-laser atom probe microscope, Dr Gault worked as research scientist at the Australian Centre for Microscopy & Microanalysis at the University of Sydney (Australia), as Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Materials, University of Oxford (UK) and again at the University of Sydney on a joint position with the Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation. After a short stint as assistant professor at McMaster University (Canada), he moved into his current role of Publisher at Elsevier in Dec. 2012. Over 2005–2014, he authored a book and more than 65 peer-reviewed research articles in international journals, reviewed 60 manuscripts for 15 different journals, gave more than half a dozen invited talks, chaired sessions at international conferences and workshops, as well as invited seminars in major universities in China, the USA, France, Germany, and Japan.

Susan Sinnott

Professor and Department Head of Materials Science and Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

Susan B. Sinnott received her B.S. in chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin and her Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Iowa State University. She was a National Research Council Postdoctoral Associate at the Naval Research Laboratory and was on the faculty at the University of Kentucky prior to joining the University of Florida in 2000. In 2015 Susan joined the Pennsylvania State University as Professor and Department Head of Materials Science and Engineering. Research in the Sinnott Group is focused on the application of computational methods at the electronic-structure and atomic scales to examine a variety of materials and processes. These include the design of new materials and the investigation of the influence of grain boundaries, point defects, dopants, and heterogeneous interfaces on material properties.
A major area of emphasis is the development of inventive methods to enable the modeling of new material systems at the atomic level. Susan is the author of over 220 technical publications, including over 200 refereed journal publications and 8 book chapters. She is a Fellow of the Materials Research Society, American Physical Society, American Ceramic Society, American Vacuum Society, and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Susan is a past President of the American Vacuum Society and is the Editor-in-Chief of Computational Materials Science.