This month’s newsletter will be a little more digestible than the first one as we get into the swing of updating you monthly of what’s going on at COPE and beyond in publication ethics.
A large part of our activities centre around providing advice on cases. An analysis of these was presented at the Peer Review Congress by Irene Hames and we will be doing further work on this over the next few months. A number of Council members participated in this very lively meeting and our colourful new informational leaflets also had a first outing there.
One recurrent theme you will notice is the international nature of what’s going on at COPE. In the past month we have announced an in-person Forum in November in Brisbane, Australia (where I am now based), which I will be hosting with our ombudsperson, Suzanne Morris. There is also early notification of our European Seminar in 2014, which for the first time will be held in mainland Europe and which will take as its theme 'European perspectives on publication ethics'. This is just one of a number of meetings in the planning stage for 2014. Closer in time, this November we have an Indian Seminar in association with IAMJE.
Being international is crucial but we know that we can’t accomplish that simply by being on the web. We hope therefore you’ll take advantage of in-person meetings near you and come along and participate face to face.