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

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


Vacancies on COPE Council

We are looking for new COPE Council members as some of our current volunteers step down at the end of their term. We particularly welcome applications from China, the Middle East and Latin America, and from those with a background in the arts and humanities, but all applications from our general membership will be considered. "Inspiring, busy and exciting years. It has been a truly unique experience and I am happy to have done my bit." Iria del Río 2016-2019

Register today! 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.

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.