COPE endorsement of TOP Guidelines
COPE came into being to be help editors handle issues in publication ethics, with the underlying aim of ensuring the integrity of the published literature. Thus it has long supported initiatives that lead to better reporting of research, including for example the EQUATOR network. The Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines are a welcome extension of these principles into more basic science and we are pleased to endorse them and encourage our members to consider them in their own guidelines.
Specifically we support the table which clearly lays out different levels of transparency and how journals can increase transparency. In addition, we welcome the recommendations not only for journals but also others involved in research (eg, funders).
1. Alter G, et al (24 October 2015). Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines. Retrieved from https://cos.io/top/