From our Code of Conduct and our Guidelines to useful sample letters and flowcharts, COPE offers a range of useful tools for journal editors and writers.


Access COPE's official guidance, including the Retraction Guidelines.


Our flowcharts are designed to help editors follow COPE’s Code of Conduct and implement its advice when faced with cases of suspected misconduct.


COPE's eLearning course is now live. Designed to give editors a deeper understanding about publication ethics and practical guidance about how to detect, prevent and handle misconduct.

Code of Conduct

COPE aims to define best practice in the ethics of scholarly publishing and to assist editors, editorial board members, owners of journals and publishers to achieve this.

Ethical Editing Newsletters

COPE is committed to improving communication with its members about its activities and encouraging debate about publication ethics.


Details of COPE seminars and presentations from the past few years

COPE Discussion Documents

Discussion documents aim to stimulate discussion and debate within the academic publishing community, rather than tell editors what to do. We encourage comments on the documents and will use them to inform future guidelines and policies.

International Standards for Editors and Authors

Position statements setting out international standards for responsible research publication for editors and authors