COPE European Seminar 2014

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COPE European Seminar 2014

in cooperation with the Representation of the State of Hessen to the European Union


Friday 14 March 2014

Venue: Representation of the State of Hessen to the European Union, Rue Montoyer 21, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

The theme of this year's European seminar is “European perspectives on publication ethics”. Editors, publishers, authors and all those interested in publication ethics are welcome to attend. The full programme can now be downloaded.

The seminar will include invited talks:

  • Simon Godecharle, PhD Fellow, Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law, Faculty of Medicine, University of Leuven, Belgium, will talk about guidance on research and publication ethics in Europe.
  • Professor Ana Marusic, University of Split School of Medicine, Croatia, and Editor in Chief of Journal of Global Health, will discuss differences in publication ethics in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Professor Debora Weber-Wulff, Professor for Media and Computing at HTW (Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft—University of Applied Sciences) Berlin, will present a German perspective on plagiarism detection, in particular, manual versus automatic plagiarism detection.
  • Professor Christopher Baethge, Chief Scientific Editor of Deutsches Ärzteblatt (German Medical Journal) and Deutsches Ärzteblatt International, will discuss dealing with conflicts of interest in German medical publishing.

In addition, there will be:

  • Breakout workshop sessions in the afternoon with discussion of ethical 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. Please register below. Registration will close on 1 March 2014.

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 31 January 2014. Authors will be informed in mid-February 2014 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 suitability for presentation at COPE's seminar. Examples of posters from last year's seminar can be seen here.

One abstract author must be a COPE member and should be able to attend the COPE seminar on 14 March 2014 in Brussels, Belgium.

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 Brussels and round-trip (economy class) airfare. Interested editors should contact the COPE Administrator for an application form. The deadline for applications is 1 December 2013.

Those who are awarded the scholarship are expected to report back to COPE on how they have used the experience of attending the seminar to benefit other journals or editors in their countries or regions, which will be published in the COPE newsletter.