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.
News & opinion
In early 2019 COPE, with the support of Routledge (part of the Taylor & Francis Group), commissioned primary research with Shift Learning to better understand the publication ethics landscape for editors working on journals within the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Editors told us which issues they find most prevalent, most serious and those they felt least confident dealing with.
This special issue focuses on some of some of our activities addressing publication ethics issues in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. With the launch of our survey results, we also hear from Karin Wulf, one of our speakers at the COPE North American Seminar, in a guest article. Trevor Lane discusses a case brought to the COPE Forum on possible plagiarism, an issue that our survey respondents felt was the most serious issue they deal with. Also, our monthly news and events roundup.
A Short Guide to Ethical Editing for New Editors. Becoming an editor of a journal is an exciting but daunting task. This short guide aims to summarise key issues and to provide links to useful resources. #C0PEGuidelines #EthicalOversight #PublicationEthics
We look forward to seeing everyone who has registered, at our European Seminar. Speakers: Cary Moskovitz, Principal Investigator on a 5-year study on text recycling, David Hansen, Copyright and Information Policy Officer; Michael Pemberton, Professor of Writing and Linguistics; Deborah Poff, COPE Chair, on predatory publishing; Howard Browman, COPE Council, Thed van Leeuwen Senior Researcher, Catriona Fennell, Director Publishing Services on retractions; Deborah Kahn, COPE Trustee, on COPE's recent arts, humanities, and social sciences research; Frank van Kolfschooten, Journalist, on research misconduct reporting in the media.
Read about the discussion on the intricacies of preprints and the ethical issues they raise followed by lively discussion with the audience of #wcri2019 who articulated their views on preprints.
Summary of the Transparency 2025 panel discussion at the World Congress on Research Integrity with sessions on: transparency as the key to integrity; reasons for publishing in open access publications; arguments for and issues in open data; and concerns from an educational researcher's view. #WCRI2019
What is predatory publishing, what forms does it take and how can researchers avoid getting involved with predatory publishers. The plenary at the WCRI heard from: Deborah Poff, COPE; Bhushan Patwardhan, University Grants Commission, India; Matt Hodgkinson, Hindawi.