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
We're delighted to announce our 2021 virtual seminar with sessions to include: authorship; artificial intelligence; research data; a proposed new retractions taxonomy; ethics in book publishing; paper mills; data sharing; diversity equity & inclusion; and, for new editors, an introduction to publication ethics.
The COPE flowchart, undisclosed conflict of interest in a published article, has been updated to include the possibility of correcting an article's content or retraction as endpoints to an investigation when missing conflicts of interest are discovered after publication.