Become a member

Signing up to COPE shows that your journal (or company) intends to follow the highest standards of publication ethics and to apply COPE principles of publication ethics outlined in the Core Practices. By joining COPE you will help support our work in promoting publication ethics and providing advice for editors and publishers.

Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing

COPE is just one of a number of organisations that is seeing a large rise in applications for membership from new journals. Although we very much want to encourage and support legitimate new journals, we are also mindful that many new journals are not currently sufficiently transparent about their business practices and authors in particular may be unable to judge the legitimacy of these journals. Together with Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), and  World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) we have therefore compiled a minimum set of criteria that journals will be assessed against  when they apply for membership at one of our organisations.  The full criteria can be seen here and we welcome feedback. We encourage authors and anyone else who is unfamiliar with a journal to use these criteria in assessing a journal. 

Benefits of Membership

COPE members can:

  • receive advice on individual cases via the Forum (bringing cases in person or by phone)
  • attend the annual seminar (free for members)
  • access the eLearning package
  • use the ethical audit tool to see how well their journals match COPE’s guidelines
  • use the COPE logo in their journal
  • use sample letters to help draft their own where there is potential misconduct
  • stand for election to COPE Council

as well as using the other resources available to members and non-members including the:

  • flowcharts
  • Core Practices
  • Best Practice guidelines
  • newsletter
  • cases database
  • podcasts of forum discussions
  • retraction guidelines
  • other guidelines

Who is eligible? 

  • Editors of peer-reviewed academic journals;
  • Companies that publish peer-reviewed academic journals; and
  • Individuals or companies who are not eligible to be Full Members (ie are not journal editors or publishers) but who are interested in publication ethics and are working in or associated with the publication of peer-reviewed scholarly journals (who may become Associate Members). 


Current subscription rates are detailed in the PDF "Individual and Corporate Subscription rates". COPE Council will always consider applications for reduced subscriptions, or subscription waivers. Our guidance and rates are detailed in the PDF "Fee reductions and waivers policy".


Contact us for any queries about membership, including details of how to apply for ASSOCIATE membership.  Use the links below to apply for journal or publisher membership.


Click here to apply for journal membership

Click here to apply for publisher membership