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

The 5th Annual GW Ethics & Publishing Conference

Date & Time: 
Monday, 9 July 2012 - 9:00am
Washington, USA


This conference is designed for publishing professionals, but is open to the general public. More information can be found here.

2nd Brazilian Meeting on Research Integrity, Science and Publication Ethics

Date & Time: 
Monday, 28 May 2012 - 9:00am to Friday, 1 June 2012 - 5:00pm
Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Porto Alegre

For more information on the II Brazilian Meeting on Research Integrity, Science and Publication Ethics (II BRISPE) click here.

COPE 2012 European Seminar

Date & Time: 
Friday, 16 March 2012 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Charles Darwin House, London, UK

More details can be found here.

Next COPE Forum 5 March 2012

Date & Time: 
Monday, 5 March 2012 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

The next COPE Forum meeting will take place on Monday 5 Mach 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. More details here.

Annual Scientific Congress of Iranian Society of Medical Editors in association with COPE

Date & Time: 
Thursday, 24 November 2011 - 9:00am to Friday, 25 November 2011 - 5:00pm
Homa Hotel, Shiraz, Iran

COPE is very pleased to announce that it will have its first international congress on publication ethics in Shiraz, Iran, 24–25 November 2011. The congress is in association with the Iranian Society of Medical Editors and is supported by Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. The meeting will be held in the five star Homa Hotel (

The Iranian Society of Medical Editors is an organization responsible for guiding more than 190 medical journals in Iran. This society strives to educate editors through holding annual scientific congresses.

All individuals working in the field of scientific medical publications as well as those interested in ethical approaches to scientific publication are welcome to attend. International editors as well as Iranian and regional editors will be present.

The seminar is free for COPE members but numbers are limited. For more information and to register, please visit the congress website:

Registration will close on 22 October 2011.

1st COPE Asia Pacific Seminar 2011

Date & Time: 
Monday, 14 November 2011 - 9:00am to 5:30pm
Wiley-Blackwell Building, 155 Cremorne Street, Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


COPE is very pleased to announce its 1st Asia Pacific Seminar and Forum. The COPE seminar on 14 November will include a COPE Forum in the afternoon.

The theme of the seminar is how publication ethics is similar across different disciplines. Journal editors, researchers and journal authors from the four points of the scientific compass— physical sciences, life sciences, social sciences and health sciences—face many of the same challenges (authorship disputes, plagiarism and duplicate publication). COPE's 1st Asia Pacific seminar will provide insights from each of these four compass points. The speakers will focus on the ethical issues they have faced personally, and discuss how they dealt with them and how they have crafted their policies and processes to avoid potential future problems.

The seminar will include invited talks:

  • Physical sciences—Professor Richard O’Hair, Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean Science (Research & Industry); Associate Editor of Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
  • Life sciences—Professor David Vaux, Assistant Director, Division Head, Cell Death and Cell Signalling, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research; former Editorial Board member Journal of Cell Biology
  • Social sciences—Professor Alfred Allan, Professor of Psychology at Edith Cowan University; member of the inaugural Psychologists Board of Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society
  • Health sciences—Dr Neville Gibbs, Head of Department of Anaesthesia; Editor of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
  • Research integrity—Dr Suzanne Morris, Research Integrity Officer, Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), University of Queensland

In addition, there will be:

  • COPE Forum in the afternoon with discussion of cases submitted by members.
  • Opportunities to network with other editors and share your experiences and challenges.

Members are invited to submit cases for the Forum. Members can submit cases whether or not they are attending the seminar, but COPE would like those presenting the cases to be at the meeting, either in person or by telephone to present the case. Please submit cases directly to the administrator by 31 October 2011.  

The seminar is free for COPE members and $150 AUD for non-members. Non-members wishing to attend can contact the administrator for details on how to join COPE.

Register here:

COPE North American Seminar and Forum 2011

Date & Time: 
Monday, 31 October 2011 - 2:00pm to Tuesday, 1 November 2011 - 5:00pm
Natural Sciences Auditorium, University of California, San Diego, Gilman Dr, La Jolla, California, USA


Following on from the success of the North American COPE seminar and COPE Forum last year, we have decided to repeat the events, but this time on the West Coast of America. COPE will hold a COPE Forum on the afternoon of 31 October (2–5 pm) followed by a whole day seminar on 1 November.

The theme of this year’s seminar is authorship. Editors, authors and all those interested in improving the standard of publication ethics are welcome to attend.

The Seminar will include invited talks:

  • Lisa Bero, Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Health Policy, University of California, San Francisco, will talk on ghosts, guests, and other distortions of authorship in medical and scientific journals. 
  • Dave Kochalko, Vice President of Product and Market Strategy at Thomson Reuters in the Intellectual Property and Science business, will discuss ORCID, Inc, the non-profit organization which brings together the leaders of influential universities, funding organizations, societies, publishers and corporations from around the globe and which is dedicated to solving the name ambiguity problem in scholarly research
  • Professor Robert Guralnick, University of Southern California and Managing Editor of Transactions of the American Mathematical Society will discuss authorship issues in mathematics and related issues regarding refereeing for mathematics journals.


In addition, the Seminar will include:

  • Breakout sessions in the afternoon with discussion of related cases.
  • Opportunities to network with other editors and share your experiences and challenges.


The Seminar is free for COPE members and $75 US for non-members. Register here. In addition, COPE would like to offer a limited number of free places to UCSD students. This will provide a unique opportunity for students to learn about the pressures and pitfalls of publication ethics from a panel of international experts. Students wishing to attend should contact the COPE Administrator to register.

The Forum is only open to COPE Members. Non-members wishing to attend the Forum should contact the administrator for details on how to join COPE.
COPE members are invited to submit cases for the Forum on 31 October. Members can submit cases to the Forum whether or not they are attending the Seminar on 31st October, but anyone presenting a case should be present at the Forum Meeting on the 31st, either in person or by telephone. Please submit cases to the administrator by 14 October 2010.

EQUATOR seminar and annual lecture

Date & Time: 
Monday, 3 October 2011 - 2:00pm to 5:30pm
Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre, Conservatory Room, Bristol, UK

COPE is one of the sponsors of the following events:

EQUATOR Seminar: Getting your trial published: CONSORT 2010 and other reporting guidelines

Target audience: Clinical and non-clinical professionals involved in planning, conducting and publishing randomised trials in health research.

Presenters include: Doug Altman, Sally Hopewell, Allison Hirst, Isabelle Boutron, Iain Hrynaszkiewicz, Iveta Simera (other speakers to be confirmed)

Registration fees: £50
Contact: Mrs Tracy Edwards (

More details and registration form on our website:

EQUATOR Annual Lecture:
“Better reporting of better research = better healthcare: a patient plea”

The lecture will be presented by Hazel Thornton, Hon. DSc., founding Chairman of the Consumers’ Advisory Group for Clinical Trials.

Date: Monday 3 October 2011, 18:00 – 19:30
Location: Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre, Conservatory Room, Bristol, UK 

More details on our website:

Lecture is free; everyone welcome; no registration needed.

Both events precede the MRC Clinical Trials Methodology Conference (4-5 October) and take place at the same venue but they are independent and anyone can attend.