Promoting integrity in research publication

COPE is a forum for editors and publishers of peer reviewed journals to discuss all aspects of publication ethics. It also advises editors on how to handle cases of research and publication misconduct. Read more about COPE...

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What are the benefits of COPE membership?


All the cases COPE has discussed since its inception in 1997 have been entered into a searchable database. This database now contains over 500 cases together with the advice given by COPE


COPE's eLearning course on publication ethics. Individual modules designed to give editors a deeper understanding about publication ethics and practical guidance about how to detect, prevent and handle misconduct.

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Making complex decisions

There are lots of possible ways of making decisions among a diverse group. You can just legislate from on top on how to handle specific issues or, at the other extreme, leave everyone to make their own decisions. Or you can try to have a consensus—a moderated middle way—arrived at through thoughtful discussion and debate.

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