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News / Second International Congress on Publication Ethics, Shiraz, Iran, 4–5 December 2014

The Second International Congress on Publication Ethics will be held in Shiraz, Iran, on 4–5 December 2014. This is a scientific partnership between COPE and Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. All individuals working in the field of scientific medical publications as well as those interested in ethical approaches to scientific publications are welcome to attend.

News / Publication ethics: fraud and misconduct

This ALPSP (Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers) Training Course has been developed in collaboration with COPE.

The training course will take place on Wednesday 5 November 2014, West One, London. The tutors include former COPE chair Liz Wager and Donna Neill (Wiley–Blackwell Publishing).

News / COPE Digest: Publication Ethics in Practice. October 2014 (Vol. 2, Issue 10)

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

News / What constitutes authorship? New COPE discussion document

A new discussion document looking at some of the issues around authorship has been published by COPE.

News / COPE Forum agenda and materials: 23 September 2014 meeting

The next COPE Forum meeting is being held on Tuesday 23 September, 3–5pm (British Summer Time). The COPE Forum will be held virtually via webinar. Download the agenda and materials here (PDF, 805kb). The invitation to join the webinar is below. We can accommodate up to 100 attendees, so please register quickly if you wish to join in the discussion.

News / COPE Digest: Publication Ethics in Practice. September 2014 (Vol. 2, Issue 9)

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

News / FORUM DISCUSSION TOPIC: Standard retraction form

The Forum discussion topic on Tuesday 23 September is related to producing a “Standard retraction form”. Read more and please do leave your comments.

News / Text recycling guidelines for editors

A common issue encountered by editors is overlap of text with an author’s own previously published work, particularly with the increasing use of plagiarism detection software. This practice is known as ‘text recycling’ (also sometimes referred to as ‘self-plagiarism’). Opinions on the acceptability of text recycling vary greatly and it can be a challenge for editors to know how to deal with it once it has been identified.

News / New COPE council members appointed

COPE is very pleased to announce the appointment of two new COPE council members, Christopher Leonard and Muhammad Irfan. Following our recent call for nominations, two candidates were short-listed by council following an interview. In accordance with our regulations, where the number of short-listed candidates is equal to the number of vacancies (ie, the candidates are unopposed), the nominees are appointed if approved by a majority of the members of Council.

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