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Allegations of misconduct

Journals should have a clearly described process for handling allegations, however they are brought to the journal's or publisher’s attention. Journals must take seriously allegations of misconduct pre-publication and post-publication. Policies should include how to handle allegations from whistleblowers.

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.

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Author Developed by COPE Council
Version 1 October 2018
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COPE Council. General approach to publication ethics for the Editorial Office. Version 1. 2018 https://doi.org/10.24318/cope.2019.2.24

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  • 23 May 2019

    First version October 2018

News

Research Integrity, Sixth Report of Session 2017-19 from the House of Commons

Following a 10 month inquiry, the UK House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has issued recommendations to strengthen requirements and improve compliance with the existing 2012 Concordat to Support Research Integrity [full report].

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

In the news: May 2018 Digest

Conflicts of Interest

An article in HealthNewsReview.org discusses a paper published in the BMJ which was widely picked up in the news, but where the peer reviewers had close affiliations with the authors, and wonders if there are wider unexamined conflicts of interest in peer review.

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