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Stephanie Boughton, Springer Nature, UK

Stephanie Boughton is a Research Integrity Manager in the Springer Nature Research Integrity Group where she manages a team of Research Integrity Advisers. The team provides support and advice to in-house staff and external Editors across Springer Nature on dealing with publication ethics issues and ensuring adherence to editorial best practice and standards in peer review.

Stephanie has a degree in Medicine from Brighton and Sussex Medical School and previously worked in hospital clinical practice as a junior doctor. She joined BioMed Central in 2010 as Deputy Medical Editor and later became Medical Editor in BioMed Central’s Research Integrity Group before joining the newly formed Springer Nature Research Integrity Group.

Stephanie has conducted research and participated in many events relating to peer review, research integrity and publication ethics and has also developed guidelines for editors on dealing with cases of text recycling in conjunction with COPE.

Competing interests


I am an employee of and receive a salary from Springer Nature as a Research Integrity Manager in the Springer Nature Research Integrity Group. I am a co-Editor-in-Chief of Research Integrity and Peer Review, which is published by BioMed Central, part of Springer Nature.


Research Integrity and Peer Review publishes all articles open access, supported by article-processing charges (APCs). Consideration of articles is not related to the ability to pay the APC, and we ask authors not to discuss with editors any issues concerning payment at any stage of the peer-review process. Any communications related to APCs are handled by administrative staff not involved in decisions about manuscripts.

Unpaid positions (current)