Promoting integrity in scholarly 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.

Update from the Chair
Dan Kulp, COPE Chair, gives an update on COPE's recent activity: the latest guidance around editorial board participation, bias in peer review, and artificial intelligence; introducing new Council members to COPE; and plans for 2022.

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: submit a case & register

COPE Members: if you have an ethical issue you're grappling with, submit your case to the next Forum. Between our quarterly Forum meetings there is the opportunity to obtain confidential advice from COPE Council. Registration for the 9 December Forum is now open.

Guidance & discussion

Watch speakers give their perspectives of the ethical challenges and opportunities in research data publication

Four members of the research publishing community, representing a data repository, an institution, and a data journal, discuss ethics cases related to research data publication, and share their experience of the challenges.

Watch the webinar recording with guest speakers discussing the opportunities of using AI to improve the quality of the publication process as well as the complex processes involved, and ethical concerns as they relate to editorial decision making in publishing. Available to COPE Members only.

This new COPE guidance introduces issues to be considered alongside the opportunities artificial intelligence solutions offer in the publication process, with recommendations on best practices for publishers, editors, and authors on the ethical application of AI

Thanks to everyone who took part in the discussions at our recent Forum. If you have further thoughts, or couldn't attend but want to participate, there's still time to comment on the discussion.

Watch authorship versus fraudulent authorship webinar video

Sam Oakley, University of Glasgow, Evan D Kharasch Anesthesiology journal, and Trevor Lane, publishing and educational consultant discuss authorship education, policies and culture from journal and university perspectives.

Read the latest news in publication ethics with articles on authorship, peer review, preprints, predatory publishing, and DEI.

We're delighted to welcome new Council Members to COPE representing various disciplines and countries.

As part of our series of interviews with new and returning COPE Council Members, we introduce Jason Hu, Taylor & Francis Group, who has returned to COPE Council for a second term.