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    Ethical aspects of conference proceedings

    September 2022 The COPE Forum will be held on Tuesday 27 September 2022 at 16:00-17:30pm (BST / UTC+1)
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    Dealing with complaints about the integrity of published research

    …increasing number of people who were raising complaints about research integrity in journals, and more recently a COPE Forum dealt with how to coordinate complaints amongst multiple journals. Since then, complaints about integrity in research publications have become even more prevalent and the issues that they identify have become more complex. It is, therefore, timely to revisit these documents, and…
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    Editorial conflicts of interest

    March 2022
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    Bias in peer review

    October 2021 A recent survey in which we asked COPE members to vote on the diversity, equity and inclusion topics they would like to discuss, bias in peer review was voted the topic of most interest, so we devoted the October 2021 COPE Forum topic to it, where Forum participants discussed the issues. While this important topic aligns…
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    Coordinating multi-journal complaints

    …Back to top Comments from the Forum, June 2021 NOTE, Comments do not imply formal COPE advice, or consensus. Often third parties or whistleblowers contact many publishers at the same time, which is helpful, because the publishers are all alerted to the issues. Usually, for individual cases, an editor will raise concerns about a paper with the…
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    Ethical considerations around book publishing

    …particular topics related to research and publication ethics.  What are the particulars of ethics in book publishing? Does book publishing require independent consideration with respect to publication ethics? This was discussed by participants of the COPE Forum in March 2021. What are we looking at when we talk about books? Books cover a range of materials, many of which are treated…
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    Predatory publishing: next steps and where do we go from here?

    …was discussed at the COPE Forum on Tuesday 15 December 2020. Questions for the Forum Should COPE use its criteria for membership as an instrument to evaluate standards of scholarly publishing vehicles for the purpose of informing authors, peer reviewers, readers, scholars invited to serve on editorial boards, and universities evaluating scholarly productivity? …
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    Systematic manipulation of the publishing process via “paper mills”

    September 2020 Increasingly, across the research publishing landscape, publishers are seeing large scale manipulation of the publication process. The production of fraudulent papers at scale via alleged ‘paper mills’ is one such manipulation. Participants discussed this at the COPE Forum, September 2020. Paper mills…
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    Editing of reviewer comments

    …non-conflicted, thoughtful, unbiased, thorough reviews of the work in question and to not be subjected to hostile or personal attacks. This topic was discussed by participants of the COPE Forum, March 2020. Editing of peer reviews After the Forum discussion we shared an online questionnaire with members and non-members to gain more feedback on this topic.
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    What does peer review mean in the arts, humanities and social sciences?

    June 2020 Are there differences in gender and diversity issues in arts, humanities, and social sciences (AHSS) in peer review from other disciplines? Participants discussed this topic at the COPE Forum, June 2020.  Language, quality, diversity and inclusivity in AHSS In a study by COPE in collaboration with Taylor & Francis…
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    COPE Forum 11 November 2019: Artificial intelligence (AI) in decision making

    …could/should be used. COPE members discussed these ethical issues in the COPE Forum. Read the discussion in the pdf and send us your feedback and…
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    COPE Forum: 13 November 2017: Self-Citation: where's the line?

    A recent post on Scholarly Kitchen [1] raised some interesting points about the ethics surrounding citation, and specifically self-citation. Previously, COPE has discussed related issues surrounding self-citation by journals and editors [2] and citation of preprints [3]. During this forum, we broadened the discussion…
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    COPE Forum 11 February 2019: Diversity and inclusion in research publishing

    …feel engaged and their contributions and perspectives are valued. Efforts to actively promote both diversity and inclusion need to be ongoing, given that demographics and team composition continuously change with time.  The Forum discussed how COPE can help members to encourage diversity and inclusion and how it can be improved for different communities involved in research publishing. This is…
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    COPE Forum 5 November 2018: Predatory Publishing

    …is confusion between some legitimate open-access peer review journals and predatory open-access journals, and sometimes include legitimate scholars on their editorial masthead. The Forum discussed further issues and possible solutions. This discussion and posts on our website are summarised in the document attached here.…
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    COPE Forum 30 April 2018: Preprints: continuing the conversation

    Preprint platforms have been common in physics and mathematics but the preprint landscape is changing rapidly with new platforms emerging across various disciplines. This raises opportunities for discussion across communities and for all those involved: preprint platforms, journals, authors, funders and institutions. COPE has facilitated this discussion previously via an earlier forum
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    COPE Forum 26 February 2018: Expressions of concern

    …How should journals use expressions of concern? They are “used to raise awareness to a possible problem in an article”. They are a relatively new, rare, and non-standardized type of editorial notice compared to corrections or retractions and “considerable differences in policy and practice remain between journals”. Journals are grappling with when expressions of concern are appropriate and wh…
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    COPE Forum 24 July 2017: Preprints: what are the issues?

    …href=""> will convene a meeting in July in which the establishment of standards will be among the issues discussed. To date there have been few public discussions around the ethics of making unverified research available in this way and there are a number of issues that arise. Not all ethical issues around preprints have a link with journal articles and COPE may wish to consider ‘mission creep’…
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    COPE Forum 12 February 2016: Data sharing

    Data sharing is increasingly viewed as an essential step in improving research transparency and reproducibility (Taichman et al, 2016; Vickers, 2006). There has been a lot of discussion on the imperative for data sharing in the biomedical arena, particularly of publically funded research. As a result, there are many disciplines where proposals for data sharing are being discussed. Publis…
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    COPE Forum 9 December 2015: COPE consultation/guidance document on handling competing interests

    Introduction Competing interests (also known as conflicts of interests (COIs)) are ubiquitous. One definition is as follows “A conflict of interest (COI) is a situation in which a person or organization is involved in multiple interests, financial interest, or otherwise, one of which could possibly corrupt the motivation of the individual or organization. The presence of…
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    COPE Forum 9 September 2015: Who “owns” peer review?

    Two trends have recently come together within scholarly publication; open review, and the desire to give credit to reviewers. At the convergence are organizations like Publons and Academic Karma who wish to openly acknowledge the work of peer-reviewers by recording, not only the amount, but also, in some circumstances, the content of individuals’ peer-review activity. Academics may view service…