DOIs for COPE guidance

COPE is in the process of assigning DOIs (digital object identifiers) to its resources, particularly Guidelines and Flowcharts. A digital object identifier (DOI) is like a digital fingerprint and provides a permanent link to our resources on the Internet making them individually discoverable and accessible.

COPE’s Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing emphasises the importance of access in the ways in which journals and articles are made available to readers, and DOIs are widely used for such content. When accessing a DOI for a COPE resource, you will be taken to the most up-to-date version and provided with bibliographic information about the resource. For example, the DOI will take you the latest version of the COPE guideline Sharing of Information Among Editors-in-Chief Regarding Possible Misconduct.

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