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STM webinar: A standard taxonomy of peer review

This webinar kicks off the public consultation for a standard taxonomy for peer review that is being developed as part of an STM initiative.


Research and publishing ethics: challenges and best practices webinar

COPE Council member, Trevor Lane, is speaking at the webinar 'Research and publishing ethics: challenges and best practices' organised by Taylor & Francis and the Society of China University Journals, from 7.30-9.00pm (China Time) 13 July 2020.


Meeting of ISMPP 2020

Following the cancellation of the meeting in Boston, due to COVID-19, the International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP) will now be held by webinar on 16-18 June, 2020 (ET). 

The Meeting Program Focuses on 3 Themes: open science, effective communication and evolving role.

COPE event

COPE North American Seminar 2020: Ohio State University, USA

Seminar postponed

COPE, like many organisations, is grappling with the impact of the coronavirus and we are sorry to inform you that our Trustee Board made the difficult decision to postpone our North American seminar which we had planned for June 2020. The health of our members and staff is our first priority, and we hope to announce a new date in 2021 in the coming months.


World Forum Principles of Scientific Publication

Heather Tierney, COPE Council, has been invited, on behalf of COPE, to speak at the session on authorship, which opens this forum.

The forum addresses the mechanics and ethics of publishing research from all disciplines – philosophy and humanities to mathematics and computational physics. The forum's goal is to assemble scholars from around the globe and encourage an open dialogue between the decision makers, coworkers, and students. The following questions will give a focus to the discussion:


EASE virtual conference: Editors and editing in a time of crisis

The European Association of Science Editors (EASE) is hosting this virtual conference following the postponement of their scheduled conference in Valencia. The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted most of the world, not only endangering lives and livelihoods but also raising issues over scientific reporting and credibility. The role of the editor in the transmission of credible, reliable, and quality-assured science has never been greater.

This conference will consider the impact of crisis situations on scholarly and science editors. We will be asking what have we learned, and what lessons can we take away to help us in the future?

The programme has been developed to be as interactive as possible, so that experiences of editors can be shared, and the views of members exchanged.


ALPSP webinar: New research assessment policies in China

The Association of Learned & Professional Society Publishers are hosting this webinar to discuss the new research assessment policies in China.

The Chinese government has released policy changes on how it will assess researchers. In this webinar, the speakers will review the changes and discuss how these may influence the publishing behaviour of Chinese academics and researchers within STM. They will also consider the wider implications for the international research and publishing landscape.

COPE event

COPE Forum: Tuesday 2 June 2020

Our June Forum, held by webinar, will follow the usual format where we have a discussion topic on what peer review means in the arts, humanities and social sciences, followed by COPE members' cases presented for discussion and advice from all those participating in the Forum. 


Society for Scholarly Publishing annual meeting

Event cancelled

Deborah Poff, COPE Chair, and Rachel Safer, COPE Council are speaking at this sponsored session on: Rethinking equity, inclusion, and ethics in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences to future-proof standards in research communication.

In 2019, COPE partnered with Routledge, Taylor & Francis, to explore the publication ethics issues editors were experiencing across these fields. This has resulted in the first ever in-depth study in this area.


CSE annual meeting: Editorial policy ethics clinic

Heather Tierney, COPE Council, is discussing retractions in the CSE editorial policy ethics clinic.