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Intellectual property

All policies on intellectual property, including copyright and publishing licenses, should be clearly described. In addition, any costs associated with publishing should be obvious to authors and readers. Policies should be clear on what counts as prepublication that will preclude consideration. What constitutes plagiarism and redundant/overlapping publication should be specified

Our core practices

Core practices are the policies and practices journals and publishers need, to reach the highest standards in publication ethics. We include cases with advice, guidance for day-to-day practice, education modules and events on topical issues, to support journals and publishers fulfil their policies.
Case

Possible plagiarism

19-03

We received an email from a whistleblower notifying us about possible plagiarism in two chapters published by us, both authored by the same two authors. The whistleblower accused the authors of substantial plagiarism.

News

In the news: September 2018 Digest

Peer review processes

Is there a problem around diversity and inclusion in peer review?
#PeerReviewWeek18
https://twitter.com/PeerRevWeek/status/1031911897149394944

Gender and international diversity improves equity in peer review
https://www.biorxiv.org/content/early/2018/08/29/400515

Event

Association of Research Integrity Officers 2018

Deborah Poff (COPE vice-Chair and Chair-elect) and Charon Pierson (COPE Secretary) are delivering the Keynote giving a "Perspective on Research Integrity" at the opening of this year's ARIO conference in Cleveland, Ohio on behalf of COPE. This session will discuss the role of COPE and journal editors in the research misconduct process and other research integrity issues.

News

In the News: July Digest

Intellectual property

Preprints are one of the fastest growing types of content, at around 30% a year for the last two years, compared to 2-3% article growth during the same period.
https://www.crossref.org/blog/preprints-growth-rate-ten-times-higher-than-journal-articles/

News

Intellectual property focus

The seventh of COPE’s ten Core Practices is about intellectual property . It states:

Case

Are copyrighted conference audiotapes considered "prior publication"?

18-10

An editor received a query from an author: “Your guidelines are clear that presenting data at a society meeting does not preclude publication. But what if the society records the presentation, retains copyright of that recording, and posts it online? Is asking presenters to turn over copyright of a recording of data presented at a prepublication stage and disseminating the recording as they see fit crossing the "prior publication" line?”

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  • 14 September 2021

    Reassigned to Forum discussion topic filter

News

COPE Forum discussion: 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.

Case

Licence for a published scale

18-04

We have received a number of manuscripts involving a published scale where the scale’s developer is known to comb the literature and ask those who used the scale for research to pay for a retroactive license, sometimes asking for very large sums of money.

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