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Elizabeth (Liz) Wager, Sideview, UK

Elizabeth (Liz) Wager is a freelance consultant and trainer with a special interest in medical publishing and peer review. After a degree in zoology from Oxford, she worked in the publishing and pharmaceutical industries for Blackwell Scientific, Janssen Cilag and GlaxoSmithKline before setting up her own company, Sideview, in 2001. She chaired the Committee on Publication Ethics (2009-12) and is a member of the Ethics Committees of The BMJ and the World Association of Medical Editors. She is Visiting Professor at the University of Split School of Medicine, Croatia from where she received her PhD in 2010 on ‘Peer review and editorial processes for improving the quality of research reporting’. She has published research and commentaries on peer review and publication ethics and is a co-author of Cochrane systematic reviews on the effects of peer review and technical editing, several COPE guidelines and flowcharts, and of books on ‘Getting Research Published: An A to Z of Publication Strategy’ (3rd edition 2016) and ‘How to Survive Peer Review’ (2002).

Competing interests

She acts as Director for the Center for Scientific Integrity, the parent organization for Retraction Watch (unpaid) and an Academic Editor for PeerJ (unpaid). She chaired the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) 2009-2012 (this was an unpaid position for which she received travel expenses) and is an author of several COPE guidelines and of CONSORT for Abstracts. She is the author of books on peer review and publication strategy for which she receives royalties. She is a Fellow of the UK EQUATOR Centre, Visiting Professor at the University of Split and a mentor for MiRoR “Methods in Research on Research” (these are all unpaid positions).