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News / COPE North American seminar 13 August 2014

Register for COPE's 5th North American seminar, which will be held in collaboration with ISMTE (International Society of Managing & Technical Editors), on Wednesday 13 August 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn's Landing, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. For more details and to register, see here

News / COPE Forum agenda and materials: 8 July 2014 meeting

Download the agenda and materials for the COPE Forum meeting 8 July 2014 here (PDF, 506kb)

News / COPE Digest: Publication Ethics in Practice. June 2014 (Vol. 2, Issue 6)

The latest issue of COPE Digest: Publication Ethics in Practice is now available on the COPE website. Click here to read.

News / COPE Australian Seminar 23 June 2014

COPE is delighted to announce its 3rd Australian Seminar, which will take place at the Karstens Melbourne Conference Rooms, 123 Queen Street, Melbourne, Australia, on Monday 23 June 2014. The theme of the seminar is “Publication ethics from student to professional”. For more information and to register, click here.

News / COPE Digest: Publication Ethics in Practice. May 2014 (Vol. 2, Issue 5)

The latest issue of COPE Digest: Publication Ethics in Practice is now available on the COPE website. Click here to read.

News / COPE Digest: Publication Ethics in Practice. April 2014 (Vol. 2, Issue 4)

The latest issue of COPE Digest: Publication Ethics in Practice is now available on the COPE website.  Click here to read.  

News / Announcement of COPE Council elections

Due to vacancies on Council, we are seeking nominations for two new candidates. These are voluntary positions. Council is responsible for COPE’s policy and management. Council members are required to attend four meetings a year (two of which will usually be in person in London; the others may be attended by phone or other media). There is also a strategy meeting every 18/24 months which Council Members are expected to attend in person. Annual seminars are held in a number of locations worldwide and it is expected that Council Members will attend one of these. COPE has subcommittees, and Council Members will also be expected to be involved in other COPE related tasks, which are undertaken electronically. It is anticipated that the work of Council Members should amount to about 1–2 days per month, in addition to attendance at meetings.

In accordance with COPE’s constitution, the candidate, or the organisation they represent, must have been a member of COPE for at least 1 year.

Candidates for Council membership will be short-listed by council following an interview. Short-listed Ordinary Council Members shall be elected by the Full and Associate Members with voting rights or (if the candidates are unopposed) by the approval of the Council.

Further details, including a job description, can be found below.

Those who are interested should contact the COPE administrator. A candidate for Council membership should be nominated by two other current members of COPE, at least one of whom must not be employed by the same organisation as the nominee.

The closing date for applications is 28 April 2014.

COPE council member: role description

Purpose of role

  • To be responsible, together with other council members, for the policy and management of the Committee on Publication Ethics.
  • To be a trustee of COPE as a charity in accordance with UK legislation.

Key responsibilities

  • Act as a Trustee for COPE, as a UK charity.
  • Attend and take a full part in quarterly meetings of Council, either in person at the face-to-face meetings or by webinar/phone.
  • Attend and contribute to quarterly Forum meetings (these are by webinar).
  • Attend and take a full part in the strategy meeting of Council (usually every 18/24 months).
  • Take part in additional policy and advisory discussions (usually by email) and approve the annual budget.
  • Monitor expenditure and supervise the administration of COPE.
  • Make appointments to Council and other positions.
  • Take part in subcommittees and other tasks, as agreed by Council.
  • Represent COPE externally when required to do so by Council, including speaking at meetings/conferences about COPE and publication ethics if required.

Person specification

  • Experience of academic publishing (in particular, gained as the editor or publisher of a peer-reviewed publication).
  • Understanding of ethical issues in academic publishing (eg, having published on or with experience of such matters).
  • Experience of committee work or involvement with charitable organizations.
  • Expertise that will benefit COPE, such as writing, editing, publishing, training, law, accountancy, charity administration, public relations, human resources, fundraising, etc.
  • Sufficient time to commit to COPE activities, including attending meetings and contributing to the work of Council as required.
  • Good understanding and judgment of business matters.

News / New COPE Discussion Document published

COPE has published a new discussion document on 'Sharing of information among editors-in-chief regarding possible misconduct'. (Click here for the document). This guidance has been drafted following a COPE Discussion Forum, in the wake of a number of high profile cases of research misconduct in which the sharing of information between the relevant editors-inchief (EiCs) was crucial to the final settlement of the cases.

Discussion documents aim to stimulate discussion about an issue and are not formal COPE guidelines.  We encourage journal editors and publishers to comment (whether or not they are COPE members), and also welcome comments from researchers/authors and academic institutions. Please email all comments to Natalie Ridgeway, COPE Operations Manager here.

News / NIH grant requests journal editors experiences of retractions

A request for information (RFI) has been issued to gather journal editors experiences with Issues related to retracting or correcting scientific papers. If you wish to contribute you can find more information here: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-ES-14-005.html

News / COPE Digest: Publication Ethics in Practice. March issue published

The March issue of COPE Digest: Publication Ethics in Practice can be read in full here: http://publicationethics.org/cope-newsletter/2014/mar/cope-digest-public...

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