Promoting integrity in 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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When should a retraction be considered? What should I include in a notice? How quickly should I issue a retraction? Who should issue a retraction? What can I do when there is inconclusive evidence of a retraction?

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 in February. If you have a case you can submit it to be discussed at the next Forum

COPE's guidelines to retracting articles

NEW! COPE Retraction Guidelines updated. Advice and guidance for editors: when should a retraction be considered, what to include in a notice, how quickly to issue a retraction, who should issue a retraction, and what to do when there is inconclusive evidence of a retraction. #Retractions #PublicationEthics

COPE workshop on standards of peer review, 26 November at @UiTromso. With editor, author and reviewer perspectives and a cases workshop with COPE's Howard Browman and Mirjam Curno.

The reasons for retractions, motivation for retraction and who retracts; and a publisher's perspective. Presentations from Howard Browman, Thed van Leeuwen and Catriona Fennell #C0PE2019

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. Join the discussion

News & opinion

Authorship discussion document

Updated Authorship DIscussion Document provides practical advice on addressing the most common issues around authorship with specific guidance where there seems to be consensus and asking for further comments from COPE members in some areas.

Out now! #C0PEDigest focuses on ethical oversight with a case discussion on the ethics of non-active management of a control group. New advice and guidance for editors on retracting articles is now available and we're asking members to consider joining COPE Council. Plus the monthly roundup of news and events. #EthicalOversight

The case we discuss in our November issue of COPE Digest explores the ethics of routine antenatal care in pregnant women with a systematic illness compared to active management of the illness in the intervention group.

A case came to the Forum last year, with concerns about the trial registry record and the published paper. The editor asked whether a retraction was necessary. New update on the case from the editor. Read more... #EthicalOversight