COPE will use the information supplied on the application form for membership (and supporting documentation) and the publisher/journal website(s) to assess an application, as well as other information, if deemed relevant.
COPE may look at reports of practices not in accordance with COPE's Code of Conduct or with general principles of publishing ethics. COPE may consider any of the following issues:
—Concerns about marketing activities/approach.
—Previous concerns raised in relation to publication ethics
—Many journals launched in a short period and with generic/similar titles and/or following the same format
—References to impact that suggests dubious measures are being presented as impact factors
—Journals with overlapping editorial boards or the same editor in chief.