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Letter from the COPE Chair: April 2022

The world has been left reeling following Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine. As a community of publishers, journal editors, and human beings, we are appalled and horrified by the violence we see in Ukraine and we support an immediate end to this conflict.


Case discussion: critiques after publication

Is there a time limit for submitting a critique of a published article?

Case Summary

Time limit on critiques? case 22-02


Guest article: Detecting integrity issues

Joris van Rossum discusses the problem of fraud and work on preventing it entering the academic record. 


Guest article: Research misconduct

Jigisha Patel discusses the problem of research misconduct and the underlying research culture which drives misconduct.


In the news: March & April 2022

Each month, COPE Council members find and share publication ethics news. This month the news includes articles on research integrity, ethical oversight, diversity equity, inclusion and more. 


Guest article: Avoiding predatory publishers

Some open access publishers charge an article-processing charge (APC), or other fees, that cover the range of publishing services that they provide, and this is a legitimate business model. These services may include: peer review; indexing journals so that articles are discoverable and citable; and preservation. Underpinning these services, trustworthy publishers will implement the policies and practices needed to reach high standards in publication ethics.


Letter from the COPE Chair: February 2022

Happy New Year! Or at least Happy Lunar New Year to all.


In the news: February 2022

Each month, COPE Council members find and share publication ethics news. This month the news includes articles on diversity, preprints, research integrity, and more. 


This preprint describes the findings of a working group organised by ASAPbio that set out to define key features of preprint review processes.


Tackling the problem of paper mills

Paper mills research project

Contribute to the research with your personal or professional experience of the problem.
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Information sharing about intentional research misconduct

What information publishers, research organisations and funders should share about allegations or cases of intentional research misconduct.