COPE Forum

Date & Time: 
Monday, 24 July 2017 - 4:00pm

Register for the July Forum

The COPE Forum 4-5.30pm (BST) will be held by webinar and is open to COPE members. Taking part in the Forum allows members to contribute to, as well as learn from, the current cases being discussed. In addition to the cases we will be holding a discussion on "Preprints: What are the issues?"

Deadline to register: Friday 21 July

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Preprints: what are the issues?

We will be discussing preprint issues at the COPE Forum on 24 July but it will make for a more animated discussion if we could have your comments on the discussion document before the Forum. Members and non-members, please add your experience to the discussion:

Preprints: what are the issues?

Forum agenda and materials

The agenda for the COPE Forum on Monday 24 July:

1. Update on COPE activities by the Chair

2. Forum discussion: Preprints: what are the issues?

3. New cases
   17-11 Authorship dispute unsatisfactorily resolved by institution (JM)
   17-12 Potential figure manipulation with corresponding author uncontactable
   17-13 Unhelpful institution report (SS)
   17-14 Withdrawal request by an author (LS)

4. Updates
   17-09 Lead author

Forum agenda and materials


COPE webinar: Standards in authorship

Date & Time: 
Thursday, 29 June 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Webinar 2-3PM (British Summer Time, BST)

Register for authorship webinar

Join our first COPE webinar for information, shared discussion and practical advice on common authorship issues faced by COPE members.

We will be discussing the main issues that are brought to COPE for advice, ranging from what constitutes authorship to guidelines for authorship and questionable authorship practices.

Three guest speakers will present their views given their background as editors and researchers and their experience in developing best practices.

What guidance could journals consider? What issues are critical for researchers? Can developments such as ORCID and CRediT assist with ethical considerations that need to be taken into account with authorship? These are just some of the questions we intend to cover during the webinar.

There will be an open discussion with questions from attendees. You can email your question in advance or ask questions during the webinar.

The webinar is free, and open to COPE members only.

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Trevor Lane, Education Director and Senior Publishing Consultant at Edanz Group, Japan and COPE Council Member 

Trevor has an MA in Biochemistry and Chemical Pharmacology and a PhD in Physiological Sciences from the University of Oxford. After two postdoctoral research positions in Hong Kong, he worked in journalism and publishing at various academic, research, and commercial institutions. He was the managing editor of several general and specialist medical journals in Asia and the senior editor of two social science journals in the United States. From 2005 to 2015, he headed a knowledge exchange unit at the Faculty of Dentistry, The University of Hong Kong, where he taught research communication and ethics to postgraduate students and helped staff publish and publicize their research.



Deborah Poff, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Academic Ethics and COPE Vice-Chair and Chair-Elect

Deborah was previously Executive Vice-President Academic and Provost and Vice-President for Strategic Development at Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences. Prior to that she was President and Vice-Chancellor of Brandon University in Manitoba. From 1994 to 2004, she was Vice-President Academic and Provost at the University of Northern British Columbia. She is the co-founder and for over 30 years was the Editor of the Journal of Business Ethics. She is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Academic Ethics as well as Editor in Chief of Advances in Business Ethics Research (a book series). She is the Editor of Business Ethics in Canada and the Section Editor on Business and Economic Ethics of Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics published by Elsevier in 2012.  She recently co-edited Citation Classics from the Journal of Business Ethics: Celebrating the First Thirty Years of Publication with Springer. Her areas of research are applied ethics and leadership studies. Most recently, she is Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Business and Professional Ethics, to be published by Springer Nature. In 2016, Deborah Poff was awarded the Order of Canada for her work in universities and for increasing educational opportunities for Aboriginal people.


Kelly Cobey, Senior Clinical Research Associate at Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Ottawa, Canada

Kelly is a Senior Clinical Research Associate in the Knowledge Synthesis Group at the Ottawa Methods Centre at Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Ottawa, Canada. In her capacity as Publications Officer she provides educational outreach on best practice in academic biomedical publishing. Kelly is a member of EQUATOR Canada, an Adjunct Professor in the School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventative Medicine at the University of Ottawa, and an Honorary Researcher at The University of Stirling. She obtained her PhD in Psychology (University of Groningen, The Netherlands) and has an MRes in Biology (University of Liverpool, England) and BSc in Psychology and Biology (McMaster University, Canada). Kelly also worked as a Lecturer at The University of Stirling (Scotland) and held a Fyssen Research Fellowship (University of Paris North, France).


Liz Allen, Director of Strategic Initiatives at F1000 

Liz is Director of Strategic Initiatives at F1000, a provider of services to biomedical researchers to support the discovery, writing and publication of new scientific findings. She was formerly Head of Evaluation at the Wellcome Trust, one of the world’s largest biomedical research charities. During more than a decade at the Wellcome Trust, Liz developed infrastructure to support research governance, progress monitoring and impact assessment, and shape funding programme evaluations to support research strategy. During 2010-2015 Liz was Board Director of ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID), and is currently a Co-Chair of Project CRediT (Contributor Roles Taxonomy) which aims to bring greater granularity and transparency to contributions for scholarly outputs.


Suggested resources

What constitutes authorship? COPE discussion document

How to handle authorship disputes: a guide for new researchers

ICMJE: Defining the role of authors and contributors

Beyond authorship: attribution, contribution, collaboration and credit

Transparency in Authors' Contributions and Responsibilities to Promote Integrity in Scientific Publication

Fostering integrity in research

COPE flowcharts

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COPE is updating its discussion document What Constitutes Authorship?

This document aims to stimulate discussion about the issue to help inform the debate and provide guidance where that is needed. We encourage journal editors, reviewers, researchers, institutions, funders, and third party services to comment (whether or not they are COPE members).

Email your comments

5th World Conference on Research Integrity

Date & Time: 
Sunday, 28 May 2017 (All day) to Wednesday, 31 May 2017 (All day)
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

COPE will be represented at the forthcoming World Conference on Research Integrity.

COPE Chair, Ginny Barbour, will be chairing a symposium on behalf of COPE entitled “Publishing and research ethics as wicked problems”. The session will discuss how research and publication ethics issues can be thought of as intertwined wicked problems – that is problems which are "difficult or impossible to solve because of incomplete, contradictory and changing requirements that are often difficult to recognize”. Ginny will hear various perspectives from the panel debating the issues to explore whether we can rethink how we can address such problems by adopting less conventional approaches. Speakers include: Marie-Andre Jacob (Keele University), Jane Jacobs (Queensland University of Technology), Phil Hurst (Royal Society) and Bianca Kramer or Jeroen Bosman ( Utrect University).

Somewhat related to the discussion of ‘wicked problems’ in publication ethics, COPE Council Member, Elizabeth Moylan, will be chairing a symposium on behalf of BioMed Central entitled “Rethinking retractions: the pros and cons of self-retraction”. This session will be exploring Daniele Fanelli’s (Stanford University, USA) proposal for a system of self-retraction for honest error and the issues involved. Various view points from different stakeholders will be discussed. Speakers are: Richard Mann (University of Leeds, UK), Ivan Oransky (Retraction Watch) and Ginny Barbour (Chair, COPE).

If you are attending the WCRI, these sessions are open to all delegates.

More information

COPE European Seminar 2017: The changing face and future of publication ethics

Date & Time: 
Thursday, 25 May 2017 - 10:00am
20 Cavendish Square, London, UK

Join us to celebrate 20 years of COPE at our 2017 European Seminar.

The Seminar is free for COPE members, £300 for non-members.

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ISMPP Annual Meeting

Date & Time: 
Monday, 1 May 2017 (All day) to Wednesday, 3 May 2017 (All day)
National Harbor, Maryland, USA

Global Publication Practices: Advancing Ethics and Scientific Integrity in an Era of Data-Sharing

10% off for COPE members using code AM13COPE10 when you register for the conference by 11 April.

Highlight of this year’s Annual Meeting program include:

  • Opening keynote presentation by Deborah A. Zarin, focusing on clinical trial transparency and public posting requirements
  • 13 parallel sessions covering topics: best practices for congress presentations; professional development for entry, mid-level, and senior professionals; opportunities in digital media; and success factors in licensing partnerships
  • Transparency-oriented plenary sessions on Building a Roadmap for Responsible Data-Sharing and Dissecting Journal Peer Review
  • Real world evidence-focused sessions, roundtables, and workshops on patient-reported outcomes, patient registries, RWE publications, and communicating value to payers, physicians, and patients
  • 23 roundtable discussions on current medical publication topics with an emphasis on best practice sharing

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Call for cases: 24 April 2017 Forum

Date & Time: 
Monday, 24 April 2017 - 6:30am

The COPE will at 6.30am and 4pm (BST) 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.

Deadline for submissions: Monday 10 April

Submit a case

ISMTE Asian-Pacific Conference 2017

Date & Time: 
Monday, 27 March 2017 - 8:00am to Tuesday, 28 March 2017 - 8:00am
Beijing, China

Empowering editorial offices around the world.

Register by Saturday 11 February for early bird registration and hotel rates. 

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COPE China Seminar 2017

Date & Time: 
Sunday, 26 March 2017 - 9:00am
Beijing, China

We're excited to announce that we're holding our 1st China Seminar in 2017, with the theme The Pillars of Publication Ethics, in collaboration with the ISMTE.

Talks and an interactive cases workshop will cover best practice in: authorship, peer review and plagiarism. 

Follow topics for discussion and materials translated into Chinese #C0PEChina

See programme, speakers, and register here

National Academy of Sciences Meeting

Date & Time: 
Wednesday, 8 March 2017 - 8:00am to Friday, 10 March 2017 - 6:00pm
Washington DC, USA

Reproducibility of Research: Issues and Proposed Remedies

The goal of this colloquium is to bring together scientists and researchers from multiple disciplines to lay out the scope of the problem of reproducibility in a more tactical way that permits each problematic aspect to be measured, assessed for baseline levels, targeted with proposed interventions to reduce the occurrence, and monitored for improvement.

Arthur M. Sackler Public Lecture
In conjunction with this colloquium, Randy Schekman will present the 17th Annual Arthur M. Sackler Lecture. The lecture is free and open to the public. 

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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