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Out now! #C0PEDigest in which Deborah Poff, COPE Chair, considers the impact on editors and publishers and how some are adapting to the change in circumstances that COVID-19 brings. We have new and updated cases discussed by COPE members at the COPE Forum and welcome new COPE Council members who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the positions.
A COPE study, with the support of Routledge, in 2019 found that addressing language and writing barriers cited as major ethics issue faced by Social Sciences journal editors. This group of editors also reported that detecting plagiarism and poor attribution standards was the most serious issue they faced and that issues around intellectual property and copyright were those they felt least confident addressing.
The publisher asks the COPE Forum for advice following the request for retraction while legal action, which could be dragged out, is still underway.