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.

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NEW! Predatory publishing discussion document. We describe the phenomenon, identify the key issues, describe the impact on the various stakeholders involved, analyse proposed interventions and solutions, and give COPE’s perspective on addressing the problem going forward. Please add your feedback and comments.

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

Our next Forum, where members discuss and advise on current cases, will be held by webinar on Friday 6 March, 2020. If you have a case you can submit it to be discussed, anonymously, at the next Forum

News & Events

COPE predatory publishing discussion document

New advice on how to tackle, avoid, and raise awareness of the problem of predatory journals. This new guidance gives an overview of the issue with recommendations and resources. We welcome feedback and comments to continue this live and ongoing debate.

"The new year promises to be a busy one...first we would draw your attention to our new discussion paper on Predatory Publishing. COPE Chair, Deborah Poff, invites comments and suggestions.

New COPE advice for editors on when to consider retractions, how to issue a retraction and what to do when there is inconclusive evidence of a retraction.

An author's affiliation as a faculty member of a university was not declared in a published article. Should the journal make this correction after publication?

With the advancement of AI and the introduction of data-driven solutions to many processes throughout the publication process, questions surrounding the relevant ethics arise as to if, when, and how AI could/should be used. Read the discussion.

3 March, 2020

The workshop is hands-on, working through publication ethics issues from real cases raised by COPE members, with the help and guidance of COPE Council members Trevor Lane and Michael Wise.

21 February, 2020

Nancy Chescheir, COPE Council, is speaking at this meeting of editors discussing ethics issues in health science publishing.