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June 2011

Opinion / US court ruling on access to drug safety data

The New England Journal of Medicine (29 June) discusses the implications of a recent US court ruling requiring a drug company to make safety data available to shareholders. Although the ruling doesn't relate directly to journals it's interesting in the light of current debates about publishing raw data from clinical trials.See here.



Election of COPE council members 2011

Voting for the 3 vacancies on COPE council is now open and will remain open until Friday 8 July 2011. All Full and Associate Members are entitled to vote. Please note: there is only one vote per journal title, even for  journals with multiple editors. The vote should be cast by the Member editor, who isusually the Editor-in-Chief, or otherwise by the nominated contact for the journal.


Submit your poster for the Asia Pacific Seminar

In a new venture for COPE, we welcome you to submit your publication ethics work for presentation as a poster at COPE’s first Asia-Pacific Seminar in Australia.  The topics considered will be publication ethics-oriented research or information about ethical policies, techniques, collaborations, and initiatives that COPE members and others attending the COPE seminar will be interested in learning about.


Final 3 flowcharts now available in Spanish

The final three flow charts have now been translated into Spanish and are available here.  

These are: Advice on how to spot authorship problems; Suspected guest, ghost or gift authorship; and What to do if you suspect a reviewer has appropriated an author’s idea or data.


Ethical Editing – Summer 2011 issue

Download the Summer issue of Ethical Editing, the newsletter from COPE.
This issue's theme is 'Exploring the ethical landscape'. We would very much welcome any feedback or comments you may have. Please contact us via the website.

Opinion / Editors criticised for not checking authors' conflicts of interest

An article in Reuters Health criticises journal editors for not checking authors' conflicts of interests and claims several dermatology papers do not provide adequate disclosure. The journal (and other editors) explain that they believe this is the authors' responsibility. NOTE: this item is included on the COPE website NOT because we believe the journal in question behaved improperly but because we thought editors should be aware of public perceptions about conflicts of interest.


COPE announces 1st Asia Pacific seminar and 3rd North American seminar

COPE has just posted details regarding its 1st Asia Pacific Seminar and Forum.  Taking place in Melbourne, Australia on 14 November 2011, the theme is PUBLICATION ETHICS AT THE FOUR POINTS OF THE JOURNAL EDITING COMPASS.  See here for more details.  Registration is now open.

Opinion / Head of German research centre resigns because of plagiarism

According to Laborjournal, the Managing Director of Research Center Borstel has resigned after he was found to have committed plagiarism.

Details and links to the German sources are available at Retraction Watch