Cobey, Kelly

Dr. Kelly Cobey is a scientist at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute where she leads the Metaresearch and Open Science Program. She is also an associate professor in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Ottawa.


Dr. Kelly Cobey completed her PhD in social psychology at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Following her PhD, she worked as a lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Stirling in Scotland. She subsequently worked as an investigator and as the institution’s publications officer at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute where she provided internal and external consulting on publication best practices.

Dr. Cobey holds a number of national and international leadership positions in the meta-research community. Since 2015 she has been a member of EQUATOR Canada which provides educational outreach and support for the use of reporting guidelines. She also presently sits on the Advisory Board of DORA (Declaration On Research Assessment) which aims to drive the use of more responsible metrics to evaluate research and researchers, and serves on the Science Policy Committee for Research Data Canada.

In her capacity as a consultant, Dr. Cobey has provided educational outreach and strategic planning to a number of organizations including the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH).

Dr. Cobey was recognized in 2018 by the University of Ottawa as the co-recipient of the institute’s Open Scholarship Award in recognition of her research and educational outreach pertaining to predatory journals.

She has held funding from a range of agencies to support both her research and educational outreach. She currently holds an award from the UK-based Wellcome Trust to develop an international dashboard to better track open science practices and to benchmark for improvements. She is also active on a Compute Ontario funded project to develop publicly available training on responsible data handling.

Research and clinical interests

Dr. Cobey is interested in a range of themes pertaining to meta-research and open science. She has interests in topics including the implementation of open science, the reporting quality of research, data management and sharing best practices, research reproducibility, and patient engagement in research.


Publication profile: Google Scholar.

Selected publications:

  • Cobey, K.D., Rice, D.R., Lalu, M., Abramowitz, D., Ahmadezi, N., Cunningham, H., Ayala, A.P., Raffoul, H., Khan, F., Shamseer, L., Moher, D. (2020). Stress testing journals: a quasi-experimental study of rejection rates of a previously published paper. BMC Medicine. 18: 88. 
  • Cobey, K.D., Moher, D. (2019). Publishing in 2020: A checklist to support a shift in behavior to achieve best practice. European Journal of Clinical Investigation, e13186.
  • Grudniewicz, A., Moher, D., Cobey, K.D., Bryson, G.L., et al., (2019). Predatory Journals: No definition, no defence. Nature. 576 (7786), 210-212.
  • Cobey, K.D., Grudniewicz, A., Lalu, M., Rice, D., Raffoul, H., Moher, D. (2019) Knowledge and Motivations of researchers publishing in presumed predatory journals: a survey. BMJ Open. 9 (3), e026516. 
  • Cobey, K.D., Lalu, M.M., Skidmore, B., Ahmadazi, N., Grudniewicz, A., Moher, D. (2018). What is a predatory journal? A scoping review. F1000. 7.
  • Cobey, K.D., Fergusson, D., Moher, D. (2017). Canadian funders and institutions are lagging on reporting results of clinical trials. CMAJ, 189, e1302-1303.
  • Lalu, M.M., Shamseer, L., Cobey, K.D., Moher, D. (2017). How stakeholders can respond to the rise of predatory journals. Nature Human Behavior, 12, 852-855.
  • Moher, D., Galipeau, J., Alam, S., Barbour, V., Bartolomeos, K., Baskin, P., Bell-Syer, S., Cobey, K.D., et al. (2017). Core competencies for scientific editors of biomedical journals: Consensus statement. BMC Medicine, 15, 167.
  • Cobey, K.D. (2017). Illegitimate journals scam even senior scientists. Nature, 549, 7.
  • Moher, D., Shamseer, L., Cobey, K.D., Galipeau, J., Avey, M.T., Lalu, M.M. et al., (2017). Stop this waste of people, animals and money. Nature, 549, 23-25
Dr. , Kelly Cobey - Scientist and Clinician Investigator, UOHI

Cobey, Kelly

Cobey, Kelly

PhD, MRes, HBSc

Appointments and affiliations

University of Ottawa Heart Institute

Associate professor
School of Epidemiology and Public Health
University of Ottawa