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.

Digest newsletter
In her March letter Deborah Poff, COPE Chair, shares guidance and cases relevant to anyone who is new to publication ethics issues or needs a refresher. Ethical editing for new editors guide, introduction to publication ethics eLearning module, COPE's core practices.

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: if you have a case you can submit it to be discussed, anonymously, at the next Forum to be held on Tuesday 2 June.

News & guidance

COPE Council Members map

A warm welcome to our new Council Members: Eleanor Gendle, Iain Hay, Matt Hodgkinson, Ana Marusic, Jigisha Patel and Marie Soulière, We're also pleased to announce the re-election of three current Council Members: Nancy Chescheir, Trevor Lane and Rachel Safer.

Out now! #C0PEDigest with guidance and cases relevant to anyone who is new to publication ethics issues or needs a refresher. We'd love to hear your views relating to editing of peer review comments in our survey. Plus the latest news and events. #PublicationEthics #PeerReview

Case discussion: the corresponding author was informed of the paper's acceptance and was asked to proofread the article. The corresponding author then requested that the paper be withdrawn.

Read the latest #PublicationEthics news including articles on research integrity, conflicts of interest, peer review, predatory publishing and more.

Ethical editors for new editors: guidelines

Deborah Poff, COPE Chair, shares guidance relevant to anyone who is new to publication ethics issues or needs a refresher: eLearning module 'Introduction to publication ethics'; 'Ethical editing for new editors' guidelines and COPE's core practices with collections of guidance on issues.

New 2020 cases recently discussed by #C0PEMembers including three cases that involve queries over sharing of information on social media: sharing by a reviewer on social media, allegations related to multiple papers and journals, institution refuses to investigate scientific issues, institution wants to retract while ongoing legal proceedings.

Our introduction to publication ethics eLearning module, available in English, Chinese and Spanish. It aims to highlight the importance of ethical publishing as well as outline the definitions of misconduct.

North American Seminar postponed

COPE, like many organisations, is grappling with the impact of the coronavirus and we are sorry to inform you that we have made the difficult decision to postpone our North American seminar which we had planned for June 2020. We hope to announce a new date in 2021 in the coming months.