Creating a culture of publication integrity together

COPE brings together all those involved in scholarly research and its publication to strengthen the network of support, education and debate in publication ethics

Joint action
Paper Mills are a real threat to the integrity of the scholarly record. A study by COPE and STM recommends joint action by publishers, funders and research institutions. Find out more about the impact of paper mills and what we can all do to combat them.

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.

Register for COPE Forum

COPE members: register for the COPE Forum on 22 June to discuss new cases submitted by members, updates to existing cases, and join in the topic discussion on the new draft discussion document "Dealing with complaints about the integrity of published research".

Events

COPE members: register for the COPE Forum on 22 June 2022 were we hear publication ethics cases brought by members and a Forum discussion topic
Wednesday 22 June

Join us for the COPE Forum where participants discuss publication ethics issues submitted by members. We begin the Forum by introducing a topic for discussion: Dealing with complaints about the integrity of published research.

COPE has drafted guidance: Dealing with complaints about the integrity of published research. We encourage comments from all interested parties whether you are a COPE member or not.

Four new publication ethics cases have been sent in by members for discussion at our June Forum: academic freedom, undisclosed conflicts of interest, data integrity issues, and where journals can escalate concerns about an institutional review board.

Dan Kulp and Matt Hodgkinson were both involved in the WCRI symposium panel "When and how to report misconduct to institutions, publishers, and elsewhere". Read Dan's June letter including key takeaways from this and other sessions at the WCRI.

Guidance & discussion

Paper mills research report with recommendations from COPE and STM

Paper mills are a real threat to the integrity of the scholarly record. A study by COPE and STM recommends joint action by publishers, funders and research institutions.

In which we launch the paper mills research report with STM, share thoughts on the WCRI panel discussion on When and how to report misconduct to institutions and elsewhere, and invite you to join the discussion on Dealing with complaints about the integrity of published research.

Como editor, ¿qué debería incluir en una nota de retractación? Lea las Guías COPE para la retractación para saber más. Guías COPE para la retractación.

This month publication ethics news includes articles on peer review's role in uncovering scientific fraud, the data publishing ecosystem, the definitions of academic misconduct, identifying fake research.