COPE Forum: 3 February 2017 4pm (GMT)

Date & Time: 
Friday, 3 February 2017 - 8:00am

The COPE will at 8am and 4pm (GMT) will be held by webinar and is open to COPE members. 

Call for cases

Cases can be submitted on our website and must be anonymised. We do like those presenting a case to take part in the Forum: pick which time is suitable for you. 

The February COPE Forum, where we discuss cases submitted by members, will be held by webinar.

Deadline for submission of cases: 20 January 2017

Submit a case

Register for 3 February Forum

Taking part in the Forum allows members to contribute to, as well as learn from, the cases being discussed. We present the same cases at both forum to allow more of our membership to attend. Register as soon as possible as the webinar is limited to 100 attendees.

Deadline to register: Thursday 2 February

Register 4pm Forum

4 - 5.30pm GMT 

The agenda with cases to be discussed will be posted here before the Forum.

(Unfortunately we have had to cancel the 8am (GMT) Forum. The 4pm (GMT) Forum has a few places available so please do register, by clicking the link above, if this time is possible for you. We're sorry to all those who registered for the 8am Forum for any inconvenience caused.)


Forum agenda and materials

Download the agenda and materials for the COPE Forum meeting Friday 3 February 2017 here (PDF, 652kb). All of the cases will be discussed at both meetings.

Forum agenda & materials

ISMPP webinar: Graphical Presentation of Data in Medical Publications

Date & Time: 
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 - 4:00pm

ISMPP invites you to attend this special 90-minute ISMPP University educational webinar, on Wednesday January 25 at 11 am ET/4 pm GMT. The webinar is free to all regardless of ISMPP membership status. Webinar attendees will learn from experts about how to integrate essential graphical presentation elements into medical publications. Figures, tables and images contribute to data interpretation and often give rise to conclusions on the part of the reader. Without proper planning and design, data can be ignored and even misinterpreted.

Simply click here to register today, and you’ll receive the weblink information to attend the webinar.

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ISMPP European Meeting: COPE member discount

Date & Time: 
Tuesday, 17 January 2017 - 9:00am to Wednesday, 18 January 2017 - 4:30pm
London, UK

The International Society for Medical Publication Professionals’ (ISMPP) 2017 European Meeting theme is ‘The evolving role of publication professionals in a multi-stakeholder environment’.

The meeting will have various networking opportunities and informative sessions, including a panel discussion on ‘Sharing patient-level data: What are the Implications?’ focusing on the recent ICMJE proposal—speakers include Fiona Godlee, BMJ, Stuart Spencer, Lancet andMarie-Claire Pickaert, EFPIA; a plenary session on ‘The reach of publications’, providing critical appraisals of new formats available for extended reach and best novel metrics to measure deliverables; and a parallel session on ‘Transfer of value’, sharing information about specific policies and possible varying interpretations.

ISMPP is offering a 10% discount for COPE members. For the early bird fee register by 14 December 2016.

Register online and enter the code EU17COPE10 for your 10% off. The discount will expire after 4 January 2017.

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APE 2017 (Academic Publishing in Europe)

Date & Time: 
Tuesday, 17 January 2017 - 9:00am to Wednesday, 18 January 2017 - 9:00am
Berlin, Germany

The theme is Publishing ethics: doing the right thing—doing things right

Join the ongoing international debate about the future of scholarly communication and scientific publishing. This is APE number 12. 

Full details and to register

ALPSP Webinar: Developing Ethical Commercial Revenues in a Changing Publishing Landscape

Date & Time: 
Tuesday, 13 December 2016 - 3:00pm

Tuesday 13 December 2016, online at 10:00 - 12:30 EDT (New York) / 15:00 - 16:30 BST (London) / 16:00-17:30 CEST (Europe)*

Chair: Gavin Sharrock, Business Development Director, Wiley

This webinar, held by the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), will focus on key areas of change in the industry affecting ethical commercial sales.  What are the issues that societies and publishers need to be aware of?  What has changed? Where are the new opportunities for growth?  

Our expert speakers will focus on three key areas of commercial sales: navigating relationships with industry in an ethical manner, packaging content to add value; and leveraging journal assets to maximise revenue ethically.  They will offer a range of industry perspectives and offer information and insight into the issues and opportunities in today’s market. There will also be time for questions.

more information and book

Project Management for Publishing

Date & Time: 
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 - 9:00am
London, UK

Projects are vital to all publishing organizations to move forward and implement change. Everyone gets involved in them. They may involve developing new products, new processes and systems, adopting new technologies, reaching new markets, acquiring new business, selecting new suppliers or improving existing processes. Projects are also challenging and often fail to achieve the desired results.

This course provides those managing projects as well as those working on them with a template and many supporting tools that can be applied to all projects, large or small, to help ensure successful outcomes. It has a strong emphasis on getting things right at the outset because this is where most problems with projects arise.

The programme is highly practical and includes break-out sessions using real project scenarios provided by delegates as well as providing publishing case studies as examples of what works and what doesn’t.

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COPE Forum: 8 November 2016 8am & 4pm (GMT)

Date & Time: 
Tuesday, 8 November 2016 - 8:00am
By webinar

The November COPE Forum, where we discuss cases submitted by members, will be held on Tuesday 8 November 2016 at both 8am and 4pm (GMT). The COPE Forum will be held virtually via webinar.

This month we're starting the COPE Forum with an AMA session (Ask Me Anything). AMAs can be new issues or developments on existing issues. Last time we did an AMA session there was one question that generated a lot of discussion "What can authors ethically do with action letters they receive (including reviews, which are sometimes signed)?". 

Deadline for cases 25 October 2016
Submit a case

Deadline for AMA questions 4 November 2016
Submit an AMA question

More information and to register for the Forum

ALPSP Publication Ethics Course: Fraud and Misconduct.

Date & Time: 
Friday, 4 November 2016 - 9:30am
London, UK

This course, by ALPSP, will cover how to detect and deal effectively with possible misconduct and show the importance of having sound ethical policies. While the principles and theories covered are applicable across most publication types, some issues covered will be particularly relevant to journals publishing.

A wide range of ethical issues can arise in academic publishing. These can be caused by misbehaving authors (e.g. committing plagiarism or fraud), by abuse of editorial positions and also by conflicts between publishers’ and societies’ commercial interests and principles of editorial freedom and integrity.

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COPE North American Seminar "Ethics in peer review"

Date & Time: 
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 - 10:45am to 6:00pm
Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, USA


Register now for COPE's 7th North American Seminar, free for COPE members. This will be held in collaboration with ISMTE.

The theme of this year's seminar is “Ethics in peer review”. Editors, publishers, authors and all those interested in publication ethics are welcome to attend.

Program and speakers

COPE Forum: 3 August 2016

Date & Time: 
Wednesday, 3 August 2016 - 2:00pm
London, UK

The August COPE Forum, where we discuss cases submitted by members, is a face to face meeting in London at the International Academy of Nursing Editors (INANE) Nurses Conference. This will be held at the Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, London. 

Register for the Forum

Please register for the Forum by emailing our COPE Administrator. All members are welcome to attend in person, whether or not they are presenting a case. Unfortunately, there are no facillities to join this Forum by webinar.

Submit a case

The deadline for submission of cases is 20 July. Cases must be anonymised and should be submitted via the website (go to Cases, and then Submit a case). You need to be logged in as a member to do this. We do like those presenting a case to join the meeting (in person or by phone). Submit a case