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Journal membership application form

New application form

Our new application form for journal membership is now online.

Please contact us if you experience any problems with the new form.


  • Applicants must have been publishing for at least 1 year before they can apply for membership 

  • Applicants must agree to apply the COPE principles of publication ethics outlined in the Core Practices.

  • Only complete forms will be considered

How applications are assessed:

  • The Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing form part of the criteria we use to evaluate publishers and journals, expecting publishers to adhere to them and follow the spirit of the principles in all aspects of their publishing operation

  • In addition to the Principles of Transparency, the Membership Administrator will evaluate the application by:
     -  Using the information and supporting documentation supplied on the application form
     -  Reviewing the publisher/journal website(s) to research the application
     -  Other sources, if deemed relevant, for example: feedback from Editorial Board members and publicly available information.

  • COPE will research reports of practices that don't apply our principles of publication ethics outlined in the Core Practices.

  • The Membership Administrator will supply the Membership subcommittee with all relevant documentation based on review and research of the application. The Membership subcommittee will make the final decision on membership, based on the application, the information reviewed and more subtle forms of assessment using the Membership subcommittee's experience.


  • All correspondence to members is sent via email unless otherwise requested

  • COPE reserves the right to withdraw membership if incorrect information is given in this form or comes to light after membership is approved.

  • COPE may ask for additional information in relation to your application

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We recommend applicants read our Membership application FAQ, which summarises the most frequently asked questions we receive in relation to applications for membership.

If you experience any problems when you submit the application form, please email us at [email protected].