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
This month's newsletter with guidance on "Conflict of interest in a published article" and announcing #C0PE2021 virtual seminar "Together shaping the future of publication ethics". Read the latest cases submitted by COPE members and the Forum discussion on "Coordinating multi-journal complaints". Plus the monthly 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: 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

COPE Seminar 2021

We're delighted to announce our 2021 virtual seminar with sessions to include: authorship; artificial intelligence; research data; a proposed new retractions taxonomy; ethics in book publishing; paper mills; data sharing; diversity equity & inclusion; and, for new editors, an introduction to publication ethics.

Dan Kulp, COPE Chair, announces our 2021 virtual seminar, and updates us on new guidance coming soon from COPE as well as new guidelines from the Text Recycling Research Project.

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, research integrity, publication misconduct and more.

Undisclosed conflict of interest in a published article

The COPE flowchart, undisclosed conflict of interest in a published article, has been updated to include the possibility of correcting an article's content or retraction as endpoints to an investigation when missing conflicts of interest are discovered after publication.

Trevor Lane, COPE Council, shares advice and guidance for editors when faced with cases of post-publication disclosure of conflicts of interest.

When should a retraction be considered, what to include in a notice, how quickly to issue a retraction, and who should issue a retraction?

COPE Members: we are seeking applications from members interested in working with us on COPE Council. Closing date Friday 23 July 2021.