COPE provides leadership in thinking on publication ethics and practical resources to educate and support members, and offers a professional voice in current debates.
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.
News & guidance
Is it acceptable to edit peer reviews and, if so, when? We shared a survey asking for your views. About 15% said they believed it is never acceptable for an editor to edit a peer reviewer’s comments and about 25% said they believed it is never acceptable to suppress a complete review.
We bring together support and guidance on issues that have come about during this crisis. The collection includes 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.
Addressing language and writing barriers were cited as major ethics issue faced by #Education journal editors in COPE's study. This group of editors also reported that detecting plagiarism and poor attribution standards was the most serious issue they faced and that issues around data and/or fabrication issues were those they felt least confident addressing.
A case came to #C0PEForum: low risk study with no ethics committee approval. We share the advice given by #C0PEMembers and add to the discussion with further analysis and links to guidance relevant issues around retrospective ethics review.