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.

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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

Monday 13 May

Our next Forum, where members discuss and advise on cases. Submit your case by Friday 26 April


23 September 2019

COPE European Seminar will be held in Leiden, Netherlands.

2-5 June 2019

We're pleased to announce COPE has a prominent role in four symposia and plenary sessions at the WCRI.

3 May 2019

We're looking forward to seeing some of you at our seminar "Challenges and solutions: Issues of inclusivity and diversity in the humanities and social sciences". You can follow posts on Twitter at #C0PE2019.

Friday 12 April 2019

A report and recording of the webinar will soon be available.

News & opinion

Research integrity officer publication ethics issues

Imagine you’re Jo, a fictional new research integrity officer at a large public university. Jo is immediately challenged with a dispute between authors. Our question for Jo is: How would the story continue?

News this month includes articles on authorship, allegations of misconduct, data management and more.

In spite of the increased clarity for most journals and editors around authorship, there remains room for error, dispute and disagreement.

Case discussion "Inconclusive institutional investigation into authorship dispute" in March Digest.