COPE European Seminar 2013

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“Publication ethics from student to professional”

Friday 22 March 2013, 9.30am–4.00 pm

Charles Darwin House Conference Centre, 12 Roger Street, London WC1N 2JU, UK

The theme of this year's European seminar is “Publication ethics from student to professional”, which will encompass the lifespan issues faced at different developmental points, from students to editors to universities/institutions. Editors, publishers, authors and all those interested in publication ethics are welcome to attend. The programme can be downloaded here.

The seminar will include invited talks:

  • Professor Pieter Drenth, Professor Emeritus at VU University of Amsterdam, former President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences and honorary president of ALLEA (All European Academies), will talk about institutional responses to violations of research integrity.
  • Dr Irene Hames, COPE council member and former managing editor of The Plant Journal, will discuss COPE’s new ethical guidelines for peer reviewers and her experience as an editor.
  • Gill Rowell, Academic Advisor at Turnitin, will discuss her work with institutions in higher education on a strategy to address student plagiarism.

In addition, there will be:

  • Breakout workshop sessions in the afternoon with discussion of related cases.
  • Opportunities to network and share your experiences and challenges.

The seminar is free for COPE members and £300 for non-members. Numbers are limited and early booking is advisable. To register, please complete the registration form below. The closing date for registration is 8 March 2013.

Breakfast session: CrossCheck User Group 8.30am–9.30am

The third CrossCheck User Group is being held in parallel with the COPE 2013 European Seminar.  Representatives from both CrossRef ( and iParadigms ( will hold a breakfast session before the COPE seminar. The CrossRef and iParadigms representatives will be on hand to update you on the latest developments to the CrossCheck plagiarism screening service and looking at the recently launched Document Viewer. They will have time for questions afterwards. Numbers are limited to 30, so contact the COPE administrator to book your place.

Poster submission

COPE also invites you to submit your research on publication ethics for presentation as a poster at the seminar.

The deadline for abstract submissions is  1 February 2013. Authors will be informed in mid-February 2013 whether their abstract has been accepted. Posters to present successful abstracts should be about 140cm wide by 90cm high.

The topics considered will be publication ethics-oriented research or information about ethical policies, techniques, collaborations, and initiatives that COPE members and others attending the COPE seminar will be interested in learning about. COPE will assess submitted abstracts for quality, relevance and and suitability for presentation at COPE's seminar.

One abstract author must be a COPE member and should be able to attend the COPE seminar on 22 March 2013 in London.

For more information and to submit your poster click here:

Two scholarships available

COPE member editors from countries of “Low income economies” and “Lower-middle-income economies”, as defined by the World Bank (, are invited to apply for one of two scholarships to attend the seminar and annual general meeting.

The scholarship will cover two nights’ hotel accommodation in London and round-trip (economy class) airfare. Interested editors should contact the COPE Administrator for an application form. The deadline for applications is 18 January 2013.