Promoting integrity in research and its publication

COPE provides leadership in thinking on publication ethics and practical resources to educate and support members, and offers a professional voice in current debates.

Join COPE
We are looking for new COPE Council members as some of our current volunteers step down at the end of their term. Alison Taylor, on COPE Council 2014-2019 says: "COPE Council is a small, diverse group of experts, passionate about ethics in research publication. It’s been a pleasure and a learning experience to be a part of that group."

Our core practices

Core practices are the policies and practices journals and publishers need, to reach the highest standards in publication ethics. We include cases with advice, guidance for day-to-day practice, education modules and events on topical issues, to support journals and publishers fulfil their policies.

COPE Forum

Our next Forum, where members discuss and advise on current cases, will be held by webinar in February. If you have a case you can submit it to be discussed at the next Forum

News & opinion

Vacancies on COPE Council

We are looking for new COPE Council members as some of our current volunteers step down at the end of their term. We particularly welcome applications from China, the Middle East and Latin America, and from those with a background in the arts and humanities, but all applications from our general membership will be considered. "Inspiring, busy and exciting years. It has been a truly unique experience and I am happy to have done my bit." Iria del Río 2016-2019

COPE workshop on standards of peer review, 26 November at @UiTromso. With editor, author and reviewer perspectives and a cases workshop with COPE's Howard Browman and Mirjam Curno.

A summary of the updated COPE retraction guidelines; the reasons for retractions, motivation for retraction and who retracts; and a publisher's perspective. Presentations from Howard Browman, Thed van Leeuwen and Catriona Fennell #C0PE2019

With the advancement of AI and the introduction of data-driven solutions to many processes throughout the publication process, questions surrounding the relevant ethics arise as to if, when, and how AI could/should be used. Join the discussion

COPE's guidelines to retracting articles

NEW! COPE Retraction Guidelines updated. Advice and guidance for editors: when should a retraction be considered, what to include in a notice, how quickly to issue a retraction, who should issue a retraction, and what to do when there is inconclusive evidence of a retraction. #Retractions #PublicationEthics

Out now! #C0PEDigest focuses on ethical oversight with a case discussion on the ethics of non-active management of a control group. New advice and guidance for editors on retracting articles is now available and we're asking members to consider joining COPE Council. Plus the monthly roundup of news and events. #EthicalOversight

The case we discuss in our November issue of COPE Digest explores the ethics of routine antenatal care in pregnant women with a systematic illness compared to active management of the illness in the intervention group.

A case came to the Forum last year, with concerns about the trial registry record and the published paper. The editor asked whether a retraction was necessary. New update on the case from the editor. Read more... #EthicalOversight