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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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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The month’s round up starts with news that an HIV scientist has been sentenced to prison. Detecting fake data fake data is difficult, and John Carlisle gives practical advice. There are more concerns about fake peer reviewers. Positive news items include sharing data from clinical trials, publication of negative trial results and improved incentives to ensure research integrity. And COPE news tells how we plan to survey our members.

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