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News / Two COPE Forums: 6 May 2016

The next COPE Forum meeting is being held on Friday 6 May 2016. COPE will host two Forum in one day at 8am–9.30am (British Summer Time, BST) and at 4pm–5.30pm (BST). The COPE Forum will be held virtually via webinar. The AGENDA AND MATERIALS can be downloaded here (PDF 492kb). All of the cases will be discussed at both Forums.

News / COPE Seminar 2016: An introduction to publication ethics

COPE will host “An introduction to publication ethics” seminar in Oxford this year. This seminar is aimed at new or less experienced editors and editorial and publishing staff, who would like to learn more about COPE and publication ethics.

News / COPE is recruiting a part-time, freelance Administrative Assistant

COPE is looking to recruit a freelance Administrative Assistant to assist the Membership Subcommittee and COPE Administrator with managing new member applications and supporting our existing membership.

News / Vacancies on COPE Council

Due to expansion of Council, we are seeking applications for seven new Council members. We are specially seeking candidates from Mainland Europe, South America and Asia, and with expertise in any of the following areas: finance, the humanities, educational resources, membership relations or book publishing.

News / New! Discussion document on Consent for Publishing Medical Case Reports

COPE has published a new discussion document ‘COPE guidance on best practice for consent for publishing medical case reports’. This discussion document aims to lay out the principles that a consent form should generally include, and to collect examples of sample forms so that editors can develop a form that suits their purpose.

News / COPE North American Seminar August 10, 2016 'Ethics in peer review'

COPE is delighted to announce its 7th North American Seminar, which will be held in collaboration with ISMTE (International Society of Managing and Technical Editors), on Wednesday August 10, 2016, at the Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA USA.

News / COPE Forum: 12 February 2016

The next COPE Forum meeting is being held on Friday 12 February 2016, 3pm to 4.30pm (GMT). The COPE Forum will be held virtually via webinar. The agenda and materials can be downloaded here (PDF 465kb).

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 / Applications for COPE Ombudsman

The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) is looking to appoint a new Ombudsman to ensure that COPE carries out its stated mission in a fair, expedient, and transparent manner, and that its Council and Trustees are acting in the best interests of the organisation and its members. Applicants should not be a member of COPE.

News / Forum discussion topic: Data Sharing

The topic for discussion at the next Forum (12 February 2016, 3.00pm GMT - more details to follow shortly) is ‘Data sharing’. Data sharing is increasingly viewed as an essential step in improving research transparency and reproducibility. There has been a lot of discussion on the imperative for data sharing in the biomedical arena, particularly of publicly funded research. As a result, there are many disciplines where proposals for data sharing are being discussed.

News / Revised and updated: A short guide to ethical editing for new editors

COPE's A Short Guide to Ethical Editing for New Editors has been fully revised and updated.  The guide aims to summarize key issues and provide advice and resources for new editors.  

The revised guide can be found here: