Welcome to the first COPE Digest: Publication Ethics in Practice of 2014.
2013 was a year of extraordinary activity in research and publication ethics. It felt like the year when scrutiny of papers and journals publicly (and, increasingly, anonymously) passed from being unusual to being part of academic discourse. Along with that came a rise in corrections and retractions and much soul searching by journals about whether this was a good or bad thing for academia.
At COPE we have consistently taken the approach that our overall aim is the practical support and education of our members so that they can do their jobs, but we also aim to take a lead in new issues to do with publishing ethics. Two of our initiatives from last year reflect both the new challenges but also provide some practical advice: a set of principles of transparency for journals which we published together with three other publishing organizations; and a discussion at one of our Forums on how editors might collaborate best when issues arise across multiple journals (we shall also be collaborating with the Council of Science Editors [CSE] on a session dedicated to this topic at their annual conference in May 2014).
This month’s newsletter as usual ranges far and wide across the world of publishing ethics. I hope you find something you’ll take away for your daily editorial work. As always we welcome feedback and look forward to meeting you at one of the many events we have planned this year.