Promoting integrity in scholarly 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.

COPE Digest newsletter
At the beginning of a 3 year term as COPE Chair, Dan Kulp introduces this month's COPE Digest which includes a case discussion on gift authorship, and an invitation to the diversity, equity and inclusion webinar. Plus the monthly roundup of publication ethics news and events.

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: register

COPE Members: register for the Forum on 9 June for discussion and advice on cases including ethics approval and consent, unresponsive authors delaying publication, manuscript submitted based on retracted paper, can two DOIs be assigned to the same manuscript?

Guidance & discussion

Authorship flowcharts

COPE's authorship and contributorship flowcharts include guidance on: changes in authorship; ghost, guest or gift authorship; how to recognise potential authorship problems. The flowcharts offer a step by step process for practical use by editors.

A case was brought to COPE in 2007, but overly high productivity suggestive of systematic gift authorship is still very relevant in 2021. This case discussion adds to the Forum advice, with further analysis and guidance.

New cases brought to the March Forum for discussion by members include: preprint plagiarism; author anonymity at the final proofreading stages; author alleges discrimination by institutional report.

We bring together support and guidance on issues that have come about during this crisis. Including articles on how authors, editors and reviewers are handling their work during this period, and guidelines developed.

COPE Forum register to discussion multiple journal complaints and recent cases

#C0PEMembers: register for the Forum on 9 June 2pm BST and join us to discuss the new cases submitted by members, and our Forum discussion topic on coordinating multi-journal complaints.

Read the latest publication ethics news, gathered by COPE, with articles on authorship, preprints, faked data, peer review and more. #PublicationEthics

In this month's issue, COPE's Facilitation and Integrity Officer, Iratxe Puebla, looks at prevention, education and best practices in publication ethics with lessons from COPE's Facilitation & Integrity subcommittee.

Read a summary of the discussion held at our recent Forum, including the key differences between journal and books, and typical publication ethics cases that arise in book publishing.