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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This past month has been busy for COPE Council members and Trustees. COPE held its annual strategy meeting in mid-June with three days of meetings among the Trustee Board, wider Council and the individual subcommittees. We finalised our strategic plan—which will be posted on our website shortly—discussed some of the issues currently impacting on the publication and research ethics landscape and how COPE can best provide advice and guidance; attempted to look into what issues may arise in the future; as well as introduced our newest COPE Council members to COPE. 

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