Discussion documents

When aspects of publication ethics are particularly fast-moving or controversial COPE cannot always provide detailed guidance. The COPE discussion documents aim to stimulate discussion rather than tell editors what to do. We hope that, by raising the issues, we can contribute to the debate within the scholarly publishing community and work towards agreement or definition of difficult problems.

COPE Discussion Documents

If you have any comments, please email the Operations Manager, Natalie Ridgeway, here

Forum Discussion documents

In a new undertaking for the COPE Forum, a specific topic will be discussed at the start of each quarterly COPE Forum meeting. As well as those at the virtual meetings, people unable to take part in the meetings can comment via the COPE website in advance.


We encourage you to comment on the documents. We are happy to receive comments from anybody with an interest in the area (whether they are COPE members or not). In particular, we would like to hear from researchers and authors as well as from editors and publishers. We cannot respond to individual cases but we will use any comments we receive to inform future guidelines and policies.