We bring together support and guidance on issues that have come about during this crisis. The collection includes articles on how authors, editors and reviewers are handling their work during this period and guidelines developed in response to the changing environment and workflow.
If you are a COPE member and have a particular publication ethics case that you would like to share with other members for discussion and advice on your next steps, we invite you to submit the case to the COPE Forum.
Support and guidance
Rapid publication can aggravate questionable research practices but there are solutions to these problems.
BMJ: assuring research integrity during a pandemic June 2020
Will the pandemic permanently alter academic publishing?
Nature: rapid rise in preprints June 202
How swamped preprint servers are blocking bad coronavirus research
Nature: repositories screening more closely May 2020
COPE, like many organisations, is grappling with the impact of the coronavirus. There is worldwide concern over COVID-19 and its impact on our daily lives, both personal and professional. Journal editors may be unsure of what to do in this unprecedented situation. How is COVID-19 affecting editors and publishers?
Letter from the COPE Chair April 2020
The International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP) have developed guidance related to authorship of peer-review publications and congress presentations in which author responsiveness has been affected due to COVID-19
ISMPP Guidance on Authorship of Peer-review Publications in Which Coronavirus Disease Has Impacted Author Responsiveness
Suspension of face-to-face activities in the coronavirus pandemic sends researchers back to their manuscripts.
Shut-in scientists are spending more time on research papers April 2020
The European Association of Science Editors encourages all editors to ensure that reports of research on COVID-19 meet required standards and comply with agreed guidelines, and that any limitations are clearly stated. This is reiterated in their call for high standards of research and editing editorial.
EASE Statement on Quality Standards April 2020
In this series, postgraduate students and researchers from Sub-Saharan Africa share the new challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic is bringing for their research and give advice to other researchers trying to adapt their research practices in light of the pandemic.
Authoraid: new norms new lockdown April 2020
The European Network of Research Integrity offices published a statement reminding researchers of the need to follow strict research integrity practices. One quote sums it up, "While fast results are clearly required in this critical situation, that is no excuse for bad research practices."
ENRIO: research integrity even more important for research during a pandemic April 2020