The COPE Trustee Board and Council occasionally publishes position statements, which is intended to provide COPE’s formal position on a particular issue where guidance does not yet exist.
The protection of vulnerable groups and individuals (2021)
The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) supports international ethical standards related to research and publication of research that relate to vulnerable groups and individuals. Read The protection of vulnerable groups and individuals position statement.
COPE subscribes to and promotes the principles of academic freedom and editorial independence that underpin the pursuit of knowledge inherent in research and academic work. Read the Censorship position statement.
Opinions on opinions (2018)
COPE’s role in addressing contentious issues within publication is based on our principles of neutrality and professionalism. Read the Opinions on opinions position statement.
Inappropriate manipulation of peer review processes (2014)
This position statement was issued on behalf of COPE after consultation with a variety of publishers to underscore the seriousness with which we take inappropriate manipulation of peer review processes. Read the Inappropriate manipulation of peer review processes position statement.
Joint COPE/BMJ consensus statement on research misconduct published (2012)
The consensus statement relates to a high-level meeting on research misconduct organised by COPE and the BMJ. Read the Joint COPE/BMJ consensus statement on research misconduct published position statement.