As the memories of the holidays fade away, at COPE we are now full swing into conferences. Our European Seminar (the first European one outside of the UK) will be on March 14 in Brussels. Later in the year, in addition to our own meetings, COPE and its council members will be participating in a number of different conferences, and we see these as an important part of our outreach to members. Please check the website to keep up to date with all the activity.
We have also just completed our first round of elections to council this year and we are delighted that Geri Person and Behrooz Astaneh have been re-elected; ordinary council members can serve two three-year terms. Geri has done sterling work overseeing our conferences and Behrooz has done much to raise the profile of publication ethics in the Middle East; we look forward to their further contributions to council. In addition, we have a new co-opted council member, Alison Taylor of the American Institute of Physics. She joins Tara Hoke of the American Society of Civil Engineers, who is our other co-opted member. The refreshment of our Council is important for COPE’s evolution and we are constantly looking to ensure that the council is representative of our members. All council members are volunteers and are experts in their own fields.
We hope you are also enjoying our newsletter, where we aim to provide a snapshot of what else is going on in publication ethics and related fields. We welcome any feedback you have and suggestions for items to be included.