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 next Forum. Between our quarterly Forum meetings there is the opportunity to obtain confidential advice from COPE Council. Registration is now open for our 14 October Forum.
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.