Promoting integrity in research and its publication

COPE provides leadership in thinking on publication ethics, practical resources to educate and support members, and offers a professional voice in current debates.

September Seminar
Register for our European Seminar to be held in Leiden, Netherlands on 23 September 2019. Topics with guest speakers include: Retractions; Predatory Publishing; Text Recycling; Research Misconduct in the media; and Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences research results. We will then break out into smaller groups to discuss real cases brought to COPE Forum.

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

11 November 2019

Our next Forum, where members discuss and advise on current cases, will be held by webinar on 11 November. If you have an issue you're grappling with, submit your case to the Forum for advice from your peers.


COPE Seminar Leiden, Netherlands. Register
23 September 2019

Join us for our European Seminar in Leiden. Guest speakers #TextRecycling: 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. Speaker #PredatoryPublishing: Deborah Poff, COPE Chair, Guest speakers #Retractions: Howard Browman, COPE Council; Thed van Leeuwen Senior Researcher; Catriona Fennell, Director Publishing Services. Speaker #ArtsHumanitiesSocialSciences: Deborah Kahn, COPE Trustee. Guest speaker #ResearchMisconduct in the media: Frank van Kolfschooten, Journalist.

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.

News & opinion

Citation Manipulation Discussion Document
New! Citation Manipulation Discussion Document

In this new document, COPE identifies all categories of citation manipulation in journal publications. We also discuss examples where there may be valid reasons that an author references their own previous work or that an editor recommends research published in her or his journal. Similarly, reviewers may have done important research that will benefit the author’s article. Are these legitimate practices by editors or reviewers or should these behaviours be disallowed?

We launch our citation manipulation discussion document in our July issue of Digest, with Deborah Poff's letter giving insight into how it came about, and Trevor Lane's case discussion around 'Editor Manipulation of the Impact Factor'. Plus the monthly news and events update.

Authors submitted an article to a second journal without following journal procedures for withdrawing the article. Read more about interaction with the authors and editor of the second journal. Advice from C0PE Forum with update.

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