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.

The topic this month is data sharing with resources from COPE, and anticipating more guidance from COPE's collaboration with the newly formed FORCE11 Research Data Publishing Ethics Working 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

COPE Members: if you have publication ethics issue on your desk that you're finding difficult to resolve, send it to COPE for discussion and advice at the next Forum on 23 March, 2pm (GMT).

New COPE Council Members

Welcome to our new Council Members of COPE: Siri Lunde Strømme, Stephanie Kinnan, Paul Graham Fisher, Kim Eggleton, Sarah Eaton. We asked each of them a few questions to get to know them a little better.

Read the latest publication ethics news, gathered by COPE, with articles on data sharing, research integrity, paper mills, and more.

COPE's 2020 strategic report highlights some of the work undertaken in 2020 towards COPE's strategic objectives.

How to avoid authorship issues and steps to take when issues arise, specific guidance where there seems to be consensus and asking for further comments in some areas. Guidance for editors, authors and research institutes.

Guidance & discussion

Author name changes after publication

In response to an increase in cases and queries about author name changes after article publication, COPE formed a working group to develop guidance. There are complexities involved in changing names after article publication. COPE is working on guidance to make the process easier, and more consistent for authors, editors and publishers. We welcome feedback on the editorial.

C0PE Members: do you have a publication ethics issue and need help with next steps? Submit your case for discussion and advice at our next COPE Forum to be held by webinar on 23 March.

Five new cases discussed by members at our December Forum include: paper published without permissions from institution; reviewers identity revealed; simultaneous or duplicate submission; author requests removal of verbatim text; editor unable to contact authors.

We bring together support and guidance on issues that have come about during this crisis. The posts include articles on how authors, editors and reviewers are handling their work during this period and guidelines developed in response to the changing environment and workflow.