Navigating Scientific Integrity in the Digital Age: The Role of AI and Recent Notions in Scientific Publishing and artificial intelligence

(Honesty and dishonesty? Trustworthiness of scientific output at stake)

Academic Authorship Programme 

Precongress Course 13

Course coordinator(s)

The Editors of the 4 Human Reproduction Journals


Course type



Course description

In an era where the frontiers of science and technology are rapidly evolving, it has become increasingly vital to address the nuances of scientific misconduct and integrity. During this pre-congress workshop organized by the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) Journals Editors, we delve into a critical discourse that is shaping the very essence of scientific discovery.

Over the past decade, the scientific community has witnessed a growing awareness and emphasis on issues related to scientific misconduct and integrity. The quest for transparency, accountability, and ethical conduct in research has gained unprecedented momentum. This workshop serves as a platform to explore and understand the recent notions and developments in this ever-evolving landscape and underscores the paramount importance of these issues in contemporary scientific publishing.

The digital age has ushered in new challenges and opportunities. While technology has facilitated research, it has also created novel avenues for misconduct. This workshop not only acknowledges the challenges but also recognizes the solutions technology can offer. Artificial Intelligence (AI) has emerged as a powerful tool in tracing, tracking, and maintaining the integrity of scientific work. Through advanced algorithms and data analysis, AI can aid in the identification of plagiarism, data manipulation, and even fraud but unfortunately also may contribute to misconduct.

This meeting features a distinguished panel of eminent contributors. Leading journal editors, who play a pivotal role in shaping the scientific narrative, will share their insights. Authorities from institutes involved in regulation will provide valuable perspectives on how to maintain the highest ethical standards in research. Furthermore, AI experts will shed light on the transformative role technology can play also in the context the lab and the office of the Reproductive Medical Practice. As we listen to scientists with various personal experiences, we gain a profound understanding of the challenges they face and the solutions they envision.

Through engaging discussions, collaborative learning, and the exchange of experiences, this workshop aims to equip all participants with a deeper appreciation of the complexities surrounding scientific misconduct and integrity. Our collective effort in addressing these issues will not only foster a culture of responsibility and transparency but also strengthen the foundation of scientific publishing in an age defined by technology.

We welcome you to a day of enriching discourse, enlightenment, and collaboration.


Target audience

Junior and senior scientists and clinicians in Reproductive Medicine


Sunday 07 July 2024

Cornelis Lambalk, The Netherlands
09:00 - 09:30
Scientific integrity concerns – implications for clinical guidelines and practice
Ben W. Mol, Australia
09:30 - 09:45
09:45 - 10:15
Scientific integrity concerns – methods to detect them
Jack Wilkinson, United Kingdom
10:15 - 10:30
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee break
Edgardo Somigliana, Italy
11:00 - 11:30
How can universities empower researchers to engage in responsible research practices?
Lex Bouter, The Netherlands
11:30 - 11:45
11:45 - 12:15
The position and living involvement of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)
Nancy Chescheir, U.S.A.
12:15 - 12:30
12:30 - 13:30
Lunch break
Michele Boiani, Germany
13:30 - 13:50
The actions and implications for fertility sterility, a specialty journal viewpoint
Kurt Barnhart, U.S.A.
13:50 - 14:00
14:00 - 14:20
The actions and implications for the Lancet, a major league journal
Sabine Kleinert, United Kingdom
14:20 - 14:30
14:30 - 14:50
The actions and implications for Cochrane reviews, a major review entity
Madelon Van Wely, The Netherlands
14:50 - 15:00
15:00 - 15:30
Coffee break
Arne Sunde, Norway
15:30 - 15:50
ChatGPT friend of foe for journals and patients?
Nicholas Macklon, United Kingdom
15:50 - 16:00
16:00 - 16:20
The application of artificial intelligence for reproductive medicine consultation and the laboratory; a critical appraisal
Marcos Meseguer Escriva, Spain
16:20 - 16:30
16:30 - 16:50
Science fraud: Parasitic publisher with fake articles from real scientists produces "verbal vomit".
Noah van Dongen, The Netherlands
16:50 - 17:00
Discussion and closing