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WCRI 2019: Transparency 2025 panel

Transparency 2025:

A panel discussion on new ideas to promote transparency in research*


WCRI 2019: Responsible authorship panel

Summary of Responsible authorship panel at WCRI2019


Letter from the COPE Chair: May 2019

I hope that everyone had the opportunity to read the April Digest letter from Geri and Chris, our steadfast COPE co-chairs for the past three years. They have provided leadership with integrity, with hard work and kept a very busy schedule of activities on behalf of COPE. And all on a voluntary basis. Chris and Geri will continue their roles as past Co-Chairs for the coming year.


Allegations of Misconduct webinar summary, April 2019

Allegations of Misconduct

COPE Webinar 12 April, 2019

Watch and listen again to the recording of our Allegations of Misconduct webinar:



Case discussion: Suspected plagiarism

Case 19-04 Suspected plagiarism

A single author submitted a paper to a 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?


Vacancies on COPE Trustee Board

We are seeking applications for two vacancies* on the COPE Trustee Board at an exciting time for the organisation as we look to expand into new areas. We have therefore highlighted gaps on the Trustee Board which we are keen to fill.

*On this occasion, we are NOT seeking to elect candidates from North America given our current complement of representation from this region.

We are specifically seeking:


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.