Promoting integrity in research and its publication

COPE provides leadership in thinking on publication ethics, practical resources to educate and support members, and offers a professional voice in current debates.

As we plan the activities of COPE for the next 3 years we need to hear from you, our members, to help us fully understand the burning issues facing our members today, as well as the issues you see looming on the horizon, what you think of the guidance and support COPE offers, and where you think COPE should be looking to provide more guidance over the next 3 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

Thursday 1 August 2019

Our next Forum, where members discuss and advise on cases, will be held at the INANE conference in Reno, Nevada. Submit your case by Friday 19 July.


COPE Seminar Leiden, Netherlands. Register
23 September 2019

Join us for our European Seminar with guest speakers, including Cary Moskovitz, Director of Writing in the Disciplines at Duke University and the Principal Investigator on a 5-year study on text recycling. Register today! #TextRecycling #SelfPlagiarism

Summary of the Transparency 2025 panel discussion at the World Congress on Research Integrity with sessions on: transparency as the key to integrity; reasons for publishing in open access publications; arguments for and issues in open data; and concerns from an educational researcher's view. #WCRI2019

A summary and presentations from our seminar in Philadelphia "Challenges and solutions: Issues of inclusivity and diversity in the humanities and social sciences". #C0PE2019.

Our speakers have answers to the questions we couldn't get to during our Allegations of Misconduct webinar eg Q: Do all institutions worldwide have ORI? The recording of the webinar is also available for you to listen again.

News & opinion

COPE Guidance: Citation Manipulation Discussion Document

In this new document, COPE identifies all categories of citation manipulation in journal publications. We also discuss examples where there may be valid reasons that an author references their own previous work or that an editor recommends research published in her or his journal. Similarly, reviewers may have done important research that will benefit the author’s article. Are these legitimate practices by editors or reviewers or should these behaviours be disallowed?

We launch our citation manipulation discussion document in our July issue of Digest, with Deborah Poff's letter giving insight into how it came about, and Trevor Lane's case discussion around 'Editor Manipulation of the Impact Factor'. Plus the monthly news and events update.

A case of duplicate submission and authorship dispute as discussed at the recent COPE Forum. What should the journals' Editors do to resolve the situation and how can they avoid it in future?

A Short Guide to Ethical Editing for New Editors. Becoming an editor of a journal is an exciting but daunting task. This short guide aims to summarise key issues and to provide links to useful resources. #C0PEGuidelines #EthicalOversight #PublicationEthics