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.

Forum discussion
What are the particulars of ethics in book publishing? Does book publishing require independent consideration with respect to publication ethics? This is where the discussion began at our March Forum. Read the discussion with supporting materials including the key differences between journal and book publishing and sample cases to consider.

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

COPE Members: do you have a publication ethics issue and need help with next steps? Submit your case for discussion and advice at our next COPE Forum in June

Lessons from COPE's facilitation and integrity

An interactive online workshop for COPE members at which we look at the lessons that can be learnt from issues of concern raised to COPE's Facilitation and Integrity subcommittee. We'll work through anonymised cases illustrating the issues that are handled by the subcommittee.

Read the latest publication ethics news, gathered by COPE, with articles on displaying the self-reported data of editors' gender, pre-registration of clinical trials, launch of Chinese Equator Centre, misconduct in Russia, and more.

COPE is currently engaged in the retraction taxonomy aspect of the University of Illinois project “Reducing the inadvertent spread of retracted science: shaping a research and implementation agenda”. Jodi Schneider updates us on the project.

The Text Recycling Research Project, previously presented to COPE members at a seminar and a webinar, has published a number of research articles in the past year. Cary Moskovitz gives an update.

Guidance & discussion

Author name changes after publication

In response to an increase in cases and queries about author name changes after article publication, COPE formed a working group to develop guidance. There are complexities involved in changing names after article publication. COPE is working on guidance to make the process easier, and more consistent for authors, editors and publishers. We welcome feedback on the editorial.

An issue of concern around name changes was submitted to COPE through the Facilitation & Integrity subcommittee. it was resolved when COPE, the publisher and the author worked together. Iratxe Puebla summarises the process.

This month we have updates on two projects in which COPE has been participating: the Text Recycling Research Project, previously presented to COPE members at a seminar and a webinar; the University of Illinois Sloan Funded Project on reducing citations of retracted publications.

We bring together support and guidance on issues that have come about during this crisis. The posts include articles on how authors, editors and reviewers are handling their work during this period and guidelines developed in response to the changing environment and workflow.