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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.

Guidance & discussion

handling post-publication letters to the editor/critiquea

New flowchart, developed in collaboration with Wiley. With potential considerations and steps for handing a post-publication critique, we hope editors will find this guidance helpful in transparently determining their own policies and processes for handling critiques.

New guidance! Introducing issues to be considered alongside the opportunities AI solutions offer in the publication process, with recommendations on best practices.

Dan Kulp, COPE Chair, launches new guidelines for editors "Editing peer reviews", topical guidance at the beginning of this year's peer review week. Plus more on handling research data and image integrity issues.

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.

Editing peer reviewers: COPE guidelines

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.

Coming to one or more of our Seminar sessions this week? Find out more about the speakers and the titles of their talks.

Articles on peer review, diversity, and research integrity are in the latest roundup of publication ethics news. #PublicationEthics

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.