Is self-citation ever an ethical action for authors to do? Is there ever a justification for editors or reviewers to recommend citations to their own work or their own journal? These are just some of the topics addressed in the revised COPE discussion document on citation manipulation. Also in this issue of Digest a discussion on a case brought to the COPE Forum on 'Editor manipulation of the impact factor'. If you are a member of COPE we'd love to hear your feedback on how you think COPE could further support you in the coming 3 years, as we plan our activities. Trustee elections will be closing soon so please do also vote for the candidates who best reflect your ambitions for COPE. Plus the monthly roundup of news gathered by our Council members and events around the globe that might be of interest.