Liz Wager, Former Chair of COPE, discusses the COPE eLearning course
COPE is committed to improving editors' abilities to deal with publication misconduct. Given the time pressures on editors and the fact that COPE has members around the world, we have developed an eLearning programme for editors. This programme aims to give editors a deeper understanding about publication ethics and practical guidance about how to detect, prevent and handle misconduct.
The programme will cover plagiarism, data fabrication, data falsification, redundant publication, selective reporting, unethical research, authorship, reviewer misconduct, responsibilities of editors and conflicts of interest. The course will use the COPE database of cases and the flowcharts, and will provide links to other relevant resources and organisations.
The first four modules - An Introduction to Publication Ethics, Plagiarism, Falsification, and Fabrication - will be available on 21 October 2011. Other modules will be rolled out as they are ready.
The eLearning package does not lead to a qualification but members who have completed the modules can print out certificates of participation. We are keen to receive feedback so please do complete the evaluation form at the end of the module. We will be updating and revising the modules on a regular basis.
The eLearning package is only available to COPE members so you will need to log in before accessing the eLearning modules here. Contact us here if you have forgotten your username.