COPE provides leadership in thinking on publication ethics and practical resources to educate and support members, and offers a professional voice in current debates.
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 Members: if you have an ethical issue you're grappling with, submit your case to the September Forum (COPE members and COPE Council) for advice. Between our quarterly Forum meetings there is the opportunity to obtain confidential advice from COPE Council.
Guidance & discussion
The impact of discriminatory practices in editorial processes and peer review, promoting of social justice and equality in scholarly publishing, best practices around identity and name changes, and the issue of historical offensive content.