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Case discussion: Suspected plagiarism

Case 19-04 Suspected plagiarism

A single author submitted a paper to our journal. A similarity check revealed 48% similarity with another published paper. The published paper was by different authors—5 in total. The similarities between the papers were in the introduction, methods and discussion sections. The submitting author did not reference the published article.


In the news: May Digest

Intellectual property

In a discussion paper posted on SSRN, Diana Simon, a Professor of Law at the University of Arizona, explores whether it is fair or helpful to try to generalise attitudes toward plagiarism across cultures?


Reflections on the COPE North American Seminar 2019

Reflections on the COPE North American Seminar: Issues of inclusivity and diversity in scholarly publishing in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.


Exploring publication ethics in the arts, humanities, and social sciences: Initial research findings

Key Research Findings

In early 2019, COPE, working in partnership with Routledge (Taylor & Francis group), conducted an international survey of academic journal editors in the arts, humanities, and social sciences (AHSS), exploring the publication ethics issues specific to these disciplines.


COPE Officers 2019-2021


In May 2019, the current COPE Officers came to the end of their terms. We welcome the new officers and those officers moving to new roles, and look forward to working together for the next three years.


In the news: April Digest

Research and Publication Integrity

Plagiarism detectors are good in assuring that true plagiarism is detected and that original papers are not flagged incorrectly.  “Horsefeathers!” asserts Debora Weber-Wulff. Buyer beware and it still takes a person to assess flagged articles.


New COPE members Jan-March 2019

We are delighted to welcome journals and publishers who became members between October and December 2018.


Letter from the COPE co-Chairs: April 2019

What we’ve learned: Reflections at the end of our term as COPE Co-Chairs

Image credit: CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated Jerry

International Workshop for Journal Editors, Indonesia

Trevor Lane, COPE Council Member, was invited to represent COPE in two sessions at the 2019 International Workshop for Journal Editors in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. Held from 25 to 27 March 2019 and attended by chief editors of about 150 journals, the event was co-organised by the Indonesian Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education and the Indonesian Association of Scientific Journal Editors.


Website refresh

We've updated the engine behind the COPE website which will help users find what they're looking for more quickly. This means greatly improved search functionality, more granular filtering, simplified navigation throughout the site and a refreshed design. This will be the first release in a series to improve the browsing experience.