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.

Hot topic
Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology has advanced steadily, and has started to introduce data-driven solutions to many processes throughout the publication process. AI tools can be developed to provide guidance to humans based on relevant data, or AI may lend toward automation of some processes without human intervention. With the advancement of AI, questions surrounding the relevant ethics arise as to if, when, and how AI could/should be used. #AI

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

11 November 2019

Our next Forum, where members discuss and advise on current cases, will be held by webinar on 11 November. New cases for discussion and advice, and a discussion on AI in decision making


COPE Forum November 2019: Artificial intelligence in decision making

Our November Forum will follow the usual format where we have a discussion topic, followed by members' cases presented for discussion and advice from all those participating in the Forum. Our discussion topic for this November Forum will be Artificial Intelligence (AI) in decision making.

Read the presentation and summary of the text recycling project as presented at the European Seminar in Leiden by Michael Pemberton, Cary Moskovitz and David Hansen. #C0PE2019

A summary of the updated COPE retraction guidelines; 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

What is predatory publishing, what forms does it take and how can researchers avoid getting involved with predatory publishers. The plenary at our European Seminar with COPE Chair, Deborah Poff.

News & opinion

Authorship discussion document

Advice and guidance for editors, authors and research institutions: how to avoid authorship issues and steps to take when issues arise. Specific guidance where there seems to be consensus and asking for further comments from COPE members in some areas.

Out now! #C0PEDigest with a roundup of our European Seminar discussions, a focus on data & reproducibility and new Authorship guidance. We say a fond farewell and thank you to 6 of our Council members.

A journal rejected two manuscripts because of data fabrication. Without the lead author knowing, The co-authors had fabricated the dataset after recruiting only a few patients. Should others be informed about this case?

Karin Wulf writes a thought-provoking article on inclusion in scholarly practice that crosses all disciplines. Karin brings her own experience and a practical solution.