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News / COPE Forum: Call for cases

Submit a case for discussion at the August Forum. COPE Forums are usually by webinar but this will be a face-to-face meeting in London at the International Academy of Nursing Editors (INANE) Conference.

Deadline for submission of cases: 20 July

News / Conference. Keeping the Pool Clean: Prevention & Management of Misconduct Related Retractions

This conference is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Research Integrity (HHS ORI) and hosted by Colorado State University at the Hilton. The goal of the conference is to assemble key stakeholders affected by misconduct related retractions in order to provide a forum to discuss retractions and propose potential actions, interventions, and solutions.

News / COPE North American Seminar, August 10, 2016

COPE's 7th North American Seminar, which will be held in collaboration with ISMTE (International Society of Managing and Technical Editors), is on August 10, 2016, Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, USA.
Register here

News / Voting open in Council elections

Voting for the 8 vacancies on COPE council is open until Friday 17 June 2016.

Following our recent call for nominations, we are delighted to have received so much interest. We received an unprecedented number of applications for the eight vacancies available. The Nominations Committee has carefully and thoroughly reviewed all the applications and has produced a shortlist of 13 candidates to put forward for election.

News / Authorship issues

In this Authorship Discussion Document we look at existing guidelines, some basic principles to help prevent common problems and particular issues that need more nuanced consideration. The discussion helps form an answer to the question, what constitutes authorship?


News / New! Discussion document on Consent for Publishing Medical Case Reports

COPE has published a new discussion document ‘COPE guidance on best practice for consent for publishing medical case reports’. This discussion document aims to lay out the principles that a consent form should generally include, and to collect examples of sample forms so that editors can develop a form that suits their purpose.

News / COPE North American Seminar August 10, 2016 'Ethics in peer review'

COPE is delighted to announce its 7th North American Seminar, which will be held in collaboration with ISMTE (International Society of Managing and Technical Editors), on Wednesday August 10, 2016, at the Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA USA.

News / Applications for COPE Ombudsman

The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) is looking to appoint a new Ombudsman to ensure that COPE carries out its stated mission in a fair, expedient, and transparent manner, and that its Council and Trustees are acting in the best interests of the organisation and its members. Applicants should not be a member of COPE.

News / Forum discussion topic: Data Sharing

The topic for discussion at the next Forum (12 February 2016, 3.00pm GMT - more details to follow shortly) is ‘Data sharing’. Data sharing is increasingly viewed as an essential step in improving research transparency and reproducibility. There has been a lot of discussion on the imperative for data sharing in the biomedical arena, particularly of publicly funded research. As a result, there are many disciplines where proposals for data sharing are being discussed.

News / Revised and updated: A short guide to ethical editing for new editors

COPE's A Short Guide to Ethical Editing for New Editors has been fully revised and updated.  The guide aims to summarize key issues and provide advice and resources for new editors.  

The revised guide can be found here: