The Sigma Xi lecture for January will feature Dr. William L. Lanier, Jr., past editor-in-chief of of the scholarly medical journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, from 1999 to 2017.

The lecture, in Leighton Auditorium in Mayo Clinic's Siebens Building, begins at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15.

Dr. Lanier, in his presentation, "Author Misconduct: An Editor's Perspective," will discuss the common forms of author misconduct related to biomedical journals. He will then review the methods that journals (and others) use to identify misconduct and the consequences for authors when misconduct has been discovered.

Prior to his appointment to Mayo Clinic Proceedings, which has the third largest circulation among all scholarly medical journals, Dr. Lanier received his bachelor's and medical degrees in Georgia and completed his residency in anesthesiology at Wake Forest University from 1980 to 1983. He received subspecialty training in neurosurgical anesthesiology at Mayo Clinic and was appointed to the Mayo Clinic faculty in 1984. By 1995 had attained the rank of Professor of Anesthesiology.

Dr. Lanier lectures locally, nationally, and internationally on peer review and the integrity of the biomedical literature.

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