Panel discussions

The conference features two panel discussions:

How Not To Perish? Publishing in Contemporary Academia

The scope of this panel is to discuss effective strategies to tackle the following themes:

1) How to decide where to publish, i.e. what types of factors matter the most (journal’s impact factor, specialization, field etc.);

2) How to manage the peer review process, e.g. how to respond to negative reviews;

3) How can one transform an academic thesis into a book, i.e. how to write a proposal, prepare the manuscript, and approach a publisher;

4) How to put together a proposal for an edited volume and how to manage the process of guiding it to publication;

5) How to avoid self-plagiarism, e.g. when plucking parts of a monograph and publishing them as articles.

This panel will discuss these issues, as well as others, pertaining to the process of publishing. It will feature Professors Jari Ojala (University of Jyväskylä), Veikko Eranti (University of Helsinki), and Jari Eloranta (University of Helsinki) as the main discussants. All three have extensive experiences as editors of various publication outlets.

Towards Responsible Research: Research Ethics and Risks

Research ethics stands on two pillars, separate yet interconnected in many, often complex ways. On the one hand, there are ethical standards on good scientific practice, field- and discipline-based guidelines to specify the latter, and furthermore institutional and individualized practices of professional integrity. On the other hand, research ethical questions are strongly governed by a legal perspective. Similarly, this perspective follows a ladder from international legislation – in our context most notable the GDPR regulations – to Finnish legislation, to the national board on research integrity regulations, and finally to University of Helsinki guidelines that bind and inform researchers on ethical requirements. The two perspectives to ethics may pursue the same goals in writing, yet in practice, they may become muddled, or, at worst, contradictory.

The panel addresses different aspects of current research ethics requirements and reflects their consequences to social science research, for instance, the role GDPR has in contemporary the ethics discussions. The panelists, experienced both in evaluating research ethics and in being evaluated, give their own accounts to current discussions on ethics on social sciences, and prepare to respond the audience’s questions on the different phases and tools of ethics evaluation, and how to “survive” them. 

The panel features Postdoctoral Researcher Taina Meriluoto (ERC-stg ImagiDem -project, University of Helsinki), Specialist Aura Kivilaakso (Research Services, University of Helsinki) and Professor Erika Löfström (University of Helsinki) as discussants.