Subcommittees

The subcommittees of the Trustee Board and Council advise the Trustee Board on specific areas of COPE's operations. Each subcommittee consists of a Chair (ordinarily a Trustee), usually at least four other Council members and, ex-officio, an Officer and the Executive Officer.  Additional individuals may be recruited as needed to complete specific tasks. 

The Trustee Board has delegated authority to the subcommittees to implement their objectives.  Its decisions are reported to the Trustee Board for ratification.  

Complaints

Objectives:
1. Evaluate complaints and concerns raised to the attention of COPE which come within the remit of what COPE can look into.
2. Advise on necessary follow up for individual cases and provide guidance to journals and publishers as necessary.
3. Review and recommend updates to the remit and process for consideration of complaints.
4. Provide recommendations on general communication and expectations from journals and publishers in relation to complaints raised to their and COPE’s attention. 

Chair:
Tara Hoke

Members:
J. Patrick Barron, David Ginley, Daniel Kulp, Michael Magoulias, Alison TaylorGeraldine Pearson (ex-officio)

Education

Objectives:
1. Enhance the educational offerings of COPE to address the needs of the members
2. Enhance educational options for all levels of members and others involved in publication ethics
3. Establish liaisons with organizations involved in other aspects of publication ethics to reach the broadest audience possible through collaboration and licensing of selected educational offerings

Chair:
Elizabeth Moylan

Members:
Nancy ChescheirTara HokeMuhammad IrfanTrevor Lane, Michael Magoulias, Heather TierneyHelena Wang, Charon Pierson (ex-officio)

Finance

Objectives:
1. It shall confer with and advise the Trustee Board and Council on budget and resource allocation.
2. It shall confer with and advise the Trustee Board and Council on financial strategies to protect the long-term health and sustainability of COPE.
3. It shall review the annual financial statements and recommend them for approval to the Trustee Board.

Chair and Interim Treasurer
Charon Pierson

Members:
Daniel KulpRachel SaferAdrian Ziderman, Chris Graf (ex-officio)

Membership

Objectives:
1. It shall review, and make decisions on, all applicants for membership of COPE against the criteria as outlined on the COPE website here: http://publicationethics.org/join-cope.
2. It shall annually review criteria for membership. 
3. It shall annually review COPE’s membership categories and make recommendations as appropriate. 
4. It shall ensure all members’ are served and their interests represented where appropriate. 

Chair:
Michael Wise  

Members:
Alison Taylor, Iria del Rio, Daniel KulpTrevor Lane Zoë Mullan (ex-officio)

Nominations

Objectives:
1. Identify the need for new Trustees/Council members based on a gap in skills, experience, geography, and/or knowledge.
2. Review the process for recruitment; ensuring compliance with any specific requirements set out in the Articles of Association.
3. Consider the best methods for attracting a diverse range of candidates with the skills required.
4. Produce a shortlist of candidates for interview. 

Chair:
Zoë Mullan

Members:
Muhammad IrfanRachel SaferAlison TaylorGeraldine Pearson (ex-officio)

Outreach and Events

Objectives:
1. Increase awareness of COPE globally, across all disciplines, and within the existing membership, as well as attract new members.
2. Organize events and activities that deliver educational resources, practical support and further discussion in the field. These could include standalone events as well as collaborative seminars, forums, workshops, or virtual resources.
3. Leverage our council members, alumni, resources and material to offer attractive member benefits and engage with existing members
4. Collaborate with strategic people and organizations to further our reach and complement our resource

Chair:
Mirjam J Curno

Members:
Heather Tierney, Vivienne Bachelet, Jason HuZoë Mullan (ex-officio)

Research

Objectives:
1. Commission research that is useful internally, to COPE, to better inform its activities.
2. Identify and commission research that is of interest to the wider COPE community and would have an impact on the field. 

Chair:
Adrian Ziderman

Members:
Vivienne Bachelet, Elizabeth MoylanMichael WiseDeborah Poff (ex-officio)

Strategy

The Strategy Subcommittee consists of the Chair, all the Officers, at least one other Trustee, one other council member and, ex-officio, the Executive Officer. 

Objectives:
1. Lead the development, regular review, and reporting of, COPE strategy.
2. Prepare and regularly review and update as needed documentation on strategy.
3. In collaboration with other subcommittees, decide who to collaborate with in furtherance of COPE strategy, and develop and maintain those relationships. 

co-Chairs:
Chris GrafGeraldine Pearson

Members:
Charon PiersonDeborah PoffMichael Wise