COPE European Seminar 2019

Date & Time: 
Monday, 23 September 2019 - 9:00am
Leiden, Netherlands


Date for the diary: COPE European Seminar will be held in Leiden, Netherlands on 23 September 2019. As we build the programme the details will be posted here.

COPE North American Seminar 2019

Date & Time: 
Friday, 3 May 2019 - 9:00am
Philadelphia, USA


Date for the diary: 3 May 2019 for our North American Seminar in Philadelphia. More details will be posted here shortly.

ISMPP European Meeting 2019

Date & Time: 
Tuesday, 22 January 2019 - 10:00am to Wednesday, 23 January 2019 - 5:00pm
London, UK

ISMPP is offering a 10% registration discount to COPE members for its 2019 European Meeting, Scientific Communications in a Fast-Paced World: Fighting Fit for the Future, 22-23 January, in London, UK. Learn more about the meeting at, and enter EU19COPE10 in the “Discount Code” field when you register. This special discount applies to Early Bird pricing through November 30, and Standard pricing until December 31. 

The engaging two-day programme will guide attendees in:

  • Harnassing the power of evidence in a data-led future
  • Boxing clever: the expanding role of the publication professional
  • Ensuring impact and readership for your publications
  • Getting ahead of news, views, and controversies
  • Looking to the future and adapting to the changing world
  • Maintaining integrity and leadership as a publication/communication professional
  • Preparing themselves as new medical publication professionals in The Training Zone (added this year)

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Medical Editors short course

Date & Time: 
Wednesday, 7 November 2018 - 6:00pm to Friday, 9 November 2018 - 3:00pm
Oxford, UK

This international workshop (in its 22nd year) for editors looks at:
(1) How to publish better content, and
(2) How to increase journal impact.

Run with only 25 participants, the course is highly interactive and allows editors to discover solutions for their own journals. It is is ideally suited for newly-appointed Editors-in-Chief, Editorial Board members and senior managing editors.

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COPE Forum: Monday 5 November 2018

Date & Time: 
Monday, 5 November 2018 - 4:00pm

Register for the next online COPE Forum, Monday 5 November 2018, 4pm-5.30pm (GMT).

All members are welcome to join this Forum which will be held by webinar. It follows the usual format where members' cases are presented for discussion and advice from all those participating in the Forum. The Forum discussion topic this month is around Predatory Publishing

Deadline to register: Friday 2 November

Forum agenda and materials

The agenda for the COPE Forum on Monday 5 November, Webinar:

1. Update on COPE activities by the Chair

2. Forum discussion: Predatory publishing

3. New cases
18-11 Increased number of casual submissions

18-12 A pre-submission inquiry with a bribe

18-13 Self-plagiarism and suspected salami publishing

18-14 Authorship conflict

18-15 Peer reviewer contacted by author

18-16 Data fabrication in a rejected manuscript

18-17 Possible plagiarism

18-18 Victim of article theft wants correction to list their name, not retraction

18-19 Student thesis contains published article content

4. Updates
18-09 Editor manipulation of impact factor

Read the cases and questions for the Forum


Mediterranean Editors and Translators Meeting 2018

Date & Time: 
Thursday, 4 October 2018 - 1:00pm to Saturday, 6 October 2018 - 7:30pm
Girona, Spain

The theme of the conference is "Giving credit where credit's due: recognition for authors, translators and editors". 

Iria del Río, COPE Council member, will give a keynote on Saturday "Credit and merit: toward a transparent, ethical publishing culture" and is holding a workshop on Friday discussing real cases sent to COPE.

MET has more about the line up of speakers and presentations.


SciELO 20 Years Conference

Date & Time: 
Wednesday, 26 September 2018 - 9:00am to Friday, 28 September 2018 - 7:00pm
São Paulo, SP, Brazil

The SciELO 20 Years Conference will address and debate – during its three day program – the main political, methodological and technological issues and trends that define today’s state of the art in scholarly communication.

These issues will also be shaping the future of the universal openness of scholarly publishing and its relationship with today’s Open Access journals, in particular those of the SciELO Network.

One of the topics of interest will be the alignment of the journals and SciELO’s operations with the practices of open science, such as publishing research data, expediting editorial processes and communication through the continuous publication of articles and the adoption of preprints, maximizing the transparency of research evaluation and the flow of scholarly communication, and searching for more comprehensive systems for assessing articles and journals.

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Association of Research Integrity Officers 2018

Date & Time: 
Monday, 24 September 2018 - 8:45am to Wednesday, 26 September 2018 - 11:45am
Cleveland, Ohio

Deborah Poff (COPE vice-Chair and Chair-elect) and Charon Pierson (COPE Secretary) are delivering the Keynote giving a "Perspective on Research Integrity" at the opening of this year's ARIO conference in Cleveland, Ohio on behalf of COPE. This session will discuss the role of COPE and journal editors in the research misconduct process and other research integrity issues.

Deborah and Charon will also be part of the panel in the afternoon's plenary session "Collaborations #1: Publication Best Practices - Transparency, Confidentiality and Cooperation Session to discuss journal editor interactions with institutions in handling research misconduct and CLUE guidelines".

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Seeking Solutions in Research Integrity: A view from all perspectives

Date & Time: 
Sunday, 23 September 2018 - 8:30am to 6:30pm
Columbus, Ohio

Deborah Poff (COPE vice-Chair and Chair-elect) and Charon Pierson (COPE Secretary) are speaking at this Research Integrity Summit at The Ohio State University, which aims to enhance integrity in research.

This one-day national conference will bring together multiple stakeholders – researchers, institutions, publishers, funders, scientific societies, the press and federal agencies – to discuss concerns in research integrity from different perspectives. Reflect on current efforts to address those concerns and help lay the foundation to detail next steps in fostering changes to enhance integrity in research. 

Registration to this summit is free.

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COPE Forum: August 2018

Date & Time: 
Wednesday, 8 August 2018 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Liberty Hotel, Boston

The next COPE Forum will be a face to face meeting at the INANE Conference at The Liberty Hotel in Boston, USA.

All COPE members are welcome to join this Forum in person, whether or not you are attending INANE. It will follow the usual format where members' cases are presented for advice and a Forum discussion topic. The discussion topic will be What To Consider When Asked to Peer Review a Manuscript.


Forum agenda and materials

The agenda for the COPE Forum on Wednesday 8 August at Liberty Hotel, Boston, USA:

1. Update on COPE activities by the Chair

2. Forum discussion: What to consider when asked to peer review a manuscript

3. New cases
18-07 Inconclusive institutional investigation into authorship dispute (MC)

18-08 Scientific misconduct claim from a whistleblower where the institution will
not investigate (LG)

18-09 Editor manipulation of the impact factor (MS)

18-10 Are copyrighted conference audiotapes considered "prior publication"?

4. Updates
17-15 Stolen article

17-18 Pre-publication in a discussion paper series

18-02 Dispute between two authors

18-03 Editor and reviewers requiring authors to cite their own work

18-05 Undisclosed conflict of interest

Read the cases and questions for the Forum