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Letter from the COPE Chair: November 2020

As we enter the final months of this daunting year that is 2020, I would like to take a moment to look back at our Predatory Publishing discussion document, a year after its publication, to consider whether developments in attitudes or approaches have changed in this arena.


In the news: November Digest

Publication ethics news November 2020

Each month, COPE Council members find and share publication ethics news.This month the news includes articles on diversity, retractions, open access, and more.


Case discussion: repeated complaints about meta-analysis

Case: how to respond to a reader's repeated concerns



In the news: October Digest

Publication ethics news October 2020

Each month, COPE Council members find and share publication ethics news. This month the news includes articles on changes in the publishing industry, open access, research integrity, and more.


Vacancies on COPE Council


Thank you and goodbye to Council members

We say a fond farewell to two of our Council Members, Seth Leopold after three years and Adrian Ziderman after seven, who have reached the end of their term with COPE. We thank them for all the work they have done over the past few years. 


Letter from the COPE Chair: October 2020

Dear Readers,

I begin this month’s letter to you with the sad news that COPE Council Member, Dr Tracey Bretag, passed away this month. We refer you to our testimony about Tracey in this edition of Digest.


Obituary: Tracey Bretag, COPE Council member

COPE, and all of us who are committed to academic integrity, lost a good friend last week. Dr Tracey Bretag passed away on 7 October 2020. Some of us knew Tracey as the Founding Editor of the International Journal for Educational Integrity. Members of the European Network for Academic Integrity (ENAI) knew her as an active participant and speaker at their meetings. Many people use her valuable Handbook of Academic Integrity.


Letter from the COPE Chair: September 2020

Trust in peer review

September sees the sixth Peer Review Week taking place (21 - 25 September), which has now become something of an established fixture in the research community calendar. The theme for this year is ‘trust’; a focus which resonates strongly with the core values and goals of COPE, going hand in hand with ethical reliability and responsible leadership.