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About COPE

COPE is committed to educate and support editors, publishers and those involved in publication ethics with the aim of moving the culture of publishing towards one where ethical practices becomes a normal part of the publishing culture. Our approach is firmly in the direction of influencing through education, resources and support of our members, alongside the fostering of professional debate in the wider community.

Over 20 years COPE has grown to support members worldwide from all academic fields, primarily editors but also publishers and related organisations and individuals. Following a period of consultation with the Trustees, the Council and feedback from our members the COPE strategic plan was developed to guide the organisation and its activities. Through our strategy we strive to improve engagement with current and new members, including Universities and Research Institutes; develop new resources for our members in arts, humanities, social sciences, computer sciences and technology based disciplines; develop support and guidance for regions such as China, South America and South Asia; as well as and ensuring COPE remains at the forefront of publication ethics.

Best practice & guidance

Core practices are the policies and practices journals and publishers need, to reach the highest standards in publication ethics. Each area includes cases with advice, guidance, education and events.


Our eLearning course gives practical guidance on topics including: plagiarism, falsification, authorship, conflicts of interest and misconduct.


Our purpose is to ensure ethical practices become part of publishing culture. We speak about current debates and issues at events and in newsletters and articles.

Join the conversation

COPE encourages key groups in the scholarly publishing process to share their knowledge and ideas to ensure ethical practices become part of the culture itself.