A number of items highlighted in this month’s newsletter, including the case of the month, reinforce how global COPE’s reach is now. Despite such global reach the underlying issues of cases are often similar, and so even though an issue may present in a number of different ways, its handling doesn’t much differ.
As COPE has grown over the past several years, the aspect that I would take greatest pride in is this increased internationalism at all levels—from our membership, through to our council members, and to the events that we undertake each year, including our forums, now exclusively online. And all this is happening at a time when publication ethics issues have become more complex.
What this increase in global reach has meant is that, together with our increase in size, COPE has also become more complex to run (and this happens with a very small paid staff and a small, entirely voluntary, council and officers).
We are therefore planning changes to support COPE into the future. We have already written to our members about our plans and next month we will be putting the detailed plans before the membership at an Annual General Meeting (AGM). We look forward to hearing feedback from our members on this.
In addition, we will shortly be surveying all our members about what it is that they really require from us as an organisation. We encourage you to participate as this will form the basis of much of our future strategy.