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.

At our June Forum members submitted four new cases for discussion and advice: a query regarding ethics approval; what to do when unresponsive authors are delaying publication; whether two DOIs can be assigned to the same manuscript; and a question about a manuscript submitted that was based on a retracted paper.

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 September Forum (COPE members and COPE Council) for advice. Between our quarterly Forum meetings there is the opportunity to obtain confidential advice from COPE Council.

Guidance & discussion

diversity, equity and inclusion webinar watch again

The impact of discriminatory practices in editorial processes and peer review, promoting of social justice and equality in scholarly publishing, best practices around identity and name changes, and the issue of historical offensive content.

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.

Read a summary of the discussion held at our June Forum, including when and how to involve multiple journals and publishers in dealing with complaints from whistleblowers.

Read the latest publication ethics news, gathered by COPE, with articles on data and reproducibility, preprints, retractions and more.

Ethical editing for new editors in scholarly publishing

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.

We're delighted to announce our 2021 COPE virtual seminar. Taking place over a week, we'll have webinars and workshops on various topics.

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.

Support and guidance on issues that have come about during the pandemic, for editors, authors and reviewers.