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.

COPE Digest
In this month's issue we launch the new "Editing peer reviews" guidelines focused on the issue of whether and under what circumstances it is legitimate for an editor to modify a reviewer’s comments. The theme of this year’s Peer Review Week is ‘Exploring the multifaceted role of identity in peer review’. To support this, COPE is reproducing its survey of 2018 on diversity and inclusion in peer review to compare whether attitudes, policies or practices have altered over the past three years.

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 a case

COPE Members: if you have an ethical issue you're grappling with, submit your case to the next Forum on Wednesday 14 October for advice. Between our quarterly Forum meetings there is the opportunity to obtain confidential advice from COPE Council.

COPE guidelines on the editing of peer reviews

Key take aways are that reviewers should be aware of what is expected from their review and that editors should not amend a reviewer’s intention or meaning, even if it may be appropriate in some circumstances to amend the language. Read more on whether and under what circumstances it is legitimate for an editor to modify a reviewer’s comments.

The theme of #PeerReviewWeek21 is #IdentityInPeerReview. To support this, COPE is reproducing its 2018 survey on diversity and inclusion in peer review to compare whether attitudes, policies or practices have altered over the past three years.

COPE has lots of resources to help you develop good peer review practices for your journal; to recognise when the peer review process may be going awry; and guidance for reviewers on good review practices.

This year’s event is dedicated to the theme "Exploring the multifaceted role of identity in peer review". Find out more about the activities and events you can take part in during the week.

Events

Introduction to publication ethics
27 September - 1 October

Registration for the Seminar has now closed. Read more about the nine sessions we're hosting over the Seminar week, with inspiring guest speakers.

Monday 27 September

Dan Kulp, COPE Chair, opens the seminar with an introduction of the events available to members during the week. Deb Poff looks at the evolving relationship between universities and scholarly publishers: where do we go next?

Wednesday 29 September

Jodi Schneider, Daniele Fanelli, and Geoffrey Bilder discuss findings from the project 'Reducing the inadvertent spread of retracted science', sharing resources, ideas and suggestions for implementation strategies

Friday 1 October

This workshop-type event is for new and inexperienced editors, with discussion of several cases on different issues, and how to use COPE's resources to prevent and resolve issues.