3rd World Conference on Research Integrity

Date & Time: 
Sunday, 5 May 2013 - 9:00am to Wednesday, 8 May 2013 - 5:00pm
Montréal, Canada

The 3rd World Conference on Research Integrity will focus international attention on research integrity, responsible conduct of research, and publication of research.  Attendees will have opportunities to learn the current state of worldwide progress on research integrity, discuss new challenges and emerging topics, and help shape national and international responses.

The Conference will provide a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas, expertise, and experience among national and institutional leaders, policy makers, research funders, leaders of professional societies, journal editors, publishers, researchers, educators, administrators, and graduate and postdoctoral trainees.
Areas of particular interest for the upcoming conference include:

  • integrity in cross-national, cross-disciplinary and cross-sector partnerships;
  • trust in science including political and media issues, responses to misconduct, and correction of the scientific record;
  • emerging challenges in research integrity associated with new technologies and scientific frontiers; and
  • fostering research integrity through policies, codes, standards and training;

For the first time, the World Conference invites proposals of presentations on empirical research on research integrity and analyses of related topics. Please see the Call for Abstracts for more information.

One outcome of the conference will be a Montreal Statement that will offer guidance on integrity in cross-national, cross-disciplinary and cross-sector research. Attendees will have the opportunity to comment on a draft Montreal Statement, which will be available on this website ahead of the conference. The finalized Statement will be issued after a further one-month comment period following the Montréal conference.


Plagiarism Webcast Series: 5 biggest challenges from the front lines of scholarly publishing

Date & Time: 
Thursday, 25 April 2013 - 4:30pm


With ethics breaches making regular headlines and putting researchers, professors and writers in the hot seat, scholarly editors are on the front lines of the push for greater integrity in publishing. Two prominent editors of STM journals will join iThenticate to reveal the results of a new survey that probed the top ethical and industry concerns of those at the helm of scholarly journals, focusing on five of the most serious concerns. Featured experts will share their perspectives and experiences on a range of issues from poorly designed studies to pressure to publish to plagiarism, as well as their thoughts on circumvention or prevention, for researchers, writers and editorial managers.

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2013

Time: 8:30am Los Angeles / 11:30am New York / 4:30pm London

Audience: Authors, researchers, editors, editorial staff and management

Duration: 1-hour

Audio: Via computer


Dr. Virginia Barbour
Council Chair at Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), and Co-founding Editor of PLoS Medicine Journal

Dr. David Moher
University Research Chair at Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, and Editor-in-Chief at Systematic Reviews Journal

Jason Chu (Moderator)


Five top-ranking concerns of editorial managers, revealed from a new survey conducted by iThenticate.  Exclusive insights and anecdotes from two highly esteemed industry experts.  Guidance on how to mitigate challenges and risks, and best practices for editorial managers and researchers

Register here:

COPE European Seminar 2013

Date & Time: 
Friday, 22 March 2013 - 10:00am
Charles Darwin House Conference Centre, 12 Roger Street, London WC1N 2JU, UK

The COPE European Seminar 2013 will take place in London, on 22 March 2013. Click here for more details and to register.

COPE Asia Pacific Seminar 2013

Date & Time: 
Friday, 15 February 2013 - 10:00am
Karstens Melbourne Conference Rooms, 123 Queen Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

COPE is delighted to announce its 2nd Asia-Pacific Seminar, which will take place in Melbourne on 15 February 2013. Click here for more details and to register.

Online webinar series on good reporting of health research studies

Date & Time: 
Monday, 11 February 2013 - 3:00pm


Sponsored by the EQUATOR Network and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) under their agreement of collaboration to improve research for health reporting in the Americas through the use of guidelines that promote greater accuracy and transparency

Title:“Transparent reporting of health research is essential”

Target audience: Health research scientists, clinicians, editors, peer reviewers, and all professionals involved in conducting, supporting or publishing health related research.

Presenter: Prof Doug Altman, Director of the Centre for Statistics in Medicine in Oxford; senior statistics editor at the BMJ, co-editor-in-chief of Trials and Founder of the EQUATOR Network.


15:00 GMT (London)

10:00 EST (Washington, Ottawa)
The webinar will last approximately 1 hour.

Language: conducted in English only.

Sound knowledge of the key principles of reporting various types of health research is crucial for researchers and professionals involved in the publication of medical research. The consequences of non-publication or selective reporting of research findings are far reaching and impact on future science and most of all on patients’ care.

By documenting the most common shortcomings in the health research literature, this webinar will help you to understand why accurate reporting is an ethical imperative and an essential component of good research practice.

Via: Blackboard Collaborate.


Deadline: 6 February 2013

To register, please email Shona Kirtley at and include your name, institution/organisation, email address and country. An email confirmation (including connection and audio details) will be sent to all those who register.

Next COPE Forum 4 December 2012

Date & Time: 
Tuesday, 4 December 2012 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

The next COPE Forum meeting will take place on Tuesday 4 December 2012, 3pm to 5pm.
The meeting will take place at The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), 5-11 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8SH (
All COPE members are welcome to attend the meeting, whether or not they are presenting a case.

1st COPE South American Seminar – Brazil, Monday 12 November 2012

Date & Time: 
Monday, 12 November 2012 - 8:30am
Costão do Santinho Resort, Florianópolis, SC, Brazil

COPE is pleased to announce its first seminar in South America, to be held on Monday, November 12 (8:30 am to 5 pm), in Brazil. The meeting will take place during the annual meeting of the Brazilian Association of Scientific Editors (ABEC), at the Costão do Santinho Resort, Florianópolis, 300 miles south of São Paulo. More details available here.

Medical Editors Short Course

Date & Time: 
Wednesday, 7 November 2012 - 9:00am to Friday, 9 November 2012 - 5:00pm
Oxford, UK

Now in its 16th year, this course will enable editors to make their journal more successful. It includes how to develop journals to raise the quality of submissions, sharpen focus, improve relationships and efficiencies with authors, other editors and reviewers (and publishers!) and how to ensure that the journal is delivering something that readers want to read (and cite).

The course is ideally suited for Editors-in-Chief, Editorial Board members and managing editors.
For more information see the website.

COPE North American Seminar and Forum 2012

Date & Time: 
Thursday, 18 October 2012 - 2:00pm to Friday, 19 October 2012 - 5:00pm
Bechtel Conference Centre, ASCE Building, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, Virginia, USA

The theme of this year’s seminar repeats that of the recent successful European seminar, “Correcting the literature”, which will encompass all of the issues involved, including why corrections are needed, the appropriate ways to deal with them in terms of expressions of concern, corrections and retractions, the scale of the problem and what can go wrong. Editors, publishers, authors and all those interested in publication ethics are welcome to attend. The Seminar is free for COPE members and $300 US for non-members. Registration is now open via the website.

Scientific symposium and 4th EQUATOR Annual Lecture

Date & Time: 
Thursday, 11 October 2012 - 9:00am to Friday, 12 October 2012 - 5:00pm
Freiburg, Germany

Equator would like to invite you to the scientific symposium and 4th EQUATOR Annual Lecture organised by the EQUATOR Network and the German Cochrane Centre.

The symposium will be of great interest to health research scientists and clinicians, journal editors and peer reviewers, reporting guideline developers, publishers, research funders and other professionals involved in research education, research governance and the publication of medical research.

The focus of the meeting is:
Highlight critical issues in health research reporting and its wider consequences
Present key findings from relevant scientific research; topics include:
Reporting quality of research studies in all areas of medicine
Common problems in research reporting (e.g. publication bias, selective reporting, inconsistencies between protocol and publication, misinterpretation of research findings)
Impact and consequences of poor reporting on systematic reviews and clinical guidelines, clinical practice and patients’ care
Development of robust reporting guidelines
Increasing awareness and knowledge of principles of rigorous research reporting and available guidelines
Implementation of reporting guidelines in journals, and by research and funding organisations
Development and delivery of educational and training programmes on research reporting
Discuss potential solutions for improvement of health research literature and share experiences

To make sure you do not miss the event please email to register your interest.
When the call for abstracts and registration opens we will contact you directly.

More information is available on the EQUATOR Network website