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Opinions on opinions 2018
16 October 2020
Systematic manipulation of the publishing process via "paper mills" is emerging as a growing issue. Paper mills produce and sell fraudulent manuscripts that seem to resemble genuine research. They may be similar in layout, experimental approach and have similar images or figures.
New advice from COPE on how to tackle, avoid, and raise awareness of the problem of predatory journals
6 January 2020
This new guidance gives an overview of the issue with recommendations and resources. COPE welcomes feedback and comments to continue this live and ongoing debate.
- What is predatory publishing?
- What are the commonly occurring features in predatory publications?
- How can we avoid, and raise awareness of, the problem of predatory publications?
2 September 2019
The study results referred to in the press release can be found on our website: Exploring publication ethics in the arts, humanities, and social sciences: A COPE study 2019
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