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.

Updated guidance
COPE guidance on this topic has been hugely expanded and updated to help journals and publishers identify suspicious patterns, investigate potential manipulation, and prevent fraudulent activity.

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 your case

Thursday 3 March 2022, 11:00am-12:30pm (GMT/UTC)

COPE 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 attend the next COPE Forum, register today.

Guidance & insight

Systematic manipulation of the publication process, COPE guidance

These flowcharts and infographics offer a step by step process for editors and publishers to use when handling suspected manipulation before and after publication. Recommended actions are given, depending on the investigation findings and level of confidence in the findings that systematic manipulation of the publication process has occurred.

In this seminar session we hear the speakers' experiences of creating representative editorial boards, diversity data collection, and managing allegations of discriminatory behaviour.

The impact of discriminatory practices in editorial processes and peer review, promoting of social justice and equality, best practices around identity and name changes, and the issue of historical offensive content.

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.

Books and publication ethics issues, watch video.

The speakers look into the publication ethics issues around books, how they are evolving, and whether they are similar to issues seen in journals. Watch the webinar, one of nine #C0PE2021 seminar sessions.

Read the latest news in publication ethics with articles on: diversity, equity and inclusion; authorship; journal management and more.

Towards the end of 2021 all the cases submitted by COPE members were around authorship issues. Read the cases with advice from the COPE Forum.

As part of our series of interviews with new COPE Council Members, we welcome Itamar Ashkenazi, a physician at the Rambam Health Care Campus and a teacher at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology’s medical school.