News & Opinion

News / New guidelines on cooperation between journals and institutions

After extensive consultation with institutions and editors around the world, COPE has issued guidelines about how universities and journals should cooperate on cases of suspected research misconduct. The new guidelines are available here and the press release announcing the guidelines is here.  

News / 2nd Brazilian Meeting on Research Integrity, Science and Publication Ethics

The 2nd Brazilian Meeting on Research Integrity, Science and Publication Ethics takes place in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Porto Alegre between 28 May 2012 and 1 June 2012.  Click here for more information.  

Opinion / New study published on retractions in biomedical papers

A new study on retractions shows that the system is effective for alerting the community to invalid work.  The Scholarly Kitchen discusses an article ("Governing knowledge in the scientific community: Exploring the role of retractions in biomedicine“ pub in Research Policy, March 2012 by, J Furman, K Jensen, and F Murray) that reports on a study of 677 article retractions identified in MEDLINE between 1972 and 2006. The results show that the retraction system is fast (nearly 15% of all retractions took place during the year of publication and 50% within 24 months); democratic (there does not appear to be bias due to geographical location or institutional affiliation); and the effect of issuing retractions on article citations is severe and long-lived. Read in full here.

 

News / COPE Forum agenda for 5 March 2012 meeting

The next COPE Forum meeting is being held on Monday 5 March 2012, 3-5pm, in the Council Chamber, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), 5-11 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8SH. All COPE members are welcome to attend, whether or not they are presenting a case. Download the agenda and materials here  (PDF, 136kb).

News / Election of COPE Secretary

Voting for the post of COPE Secretary is now open and will remain open until Friday 2 March 2012. All full and associate members of COPE are entitled to vote. For more details and to vote, click here.

News / Joint COPE/BMJ consensus statement on research misconduct published

A joint COPE/BMJ consensus statement on research misconduct in the UK has been published both on the COPE and BMJ websites (available here).  The consensus statement relates to the recent high-level meeting on research misconduct organised by COPE and the BMJ.  More information on this meeting can be seen here.

 

News / COPE flowcharts now available in French

The full set of the COPE flowcharts are now available in French.  They can be downloaded from the website here.

News / Code of Conduct for Journal Editors now available in Chinese

The Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors has now been translated into Chinese. The Code is available to download from the COPE website here.

Opinion / Video misconduct evidence from Japanese whistleblower

According to Science, a whistleblower in Japan has posted a video on YouTube containing allegations of image manipulation.

Opinion / Brits are getting less honest

According to a survey from the Centre for the Study of Integrity, people in the UK are less honest than they were 10 years ago and younger people are more tolerant of dishonesty.

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