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Case discussion: Editing peer review comments

Peer reviewers provide their own intellectual property to the important work of reporting research. Sometimes, though, their comments may not align with a journal’s style or requirements, or can stray into the realm of what some call “hostile reviews”. Also, sometimes reviewers miss the mark and either do not understand the paper or parts of it, or include content that is factually incorrect. What is an editor to do in their effort to balance the interests of the authors, reviewers, journals

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Letter from COPE Vice-Chair: February 2020

This is my first opportunity to open the Digest, so welcome everyone. In this issue, we are releasing the final version of the COPE Strategy for 2020-2023. This document is the end product of months of hard work by your volunteers (COPE Council and Trustee Board) to develop a focus for the next three years. Our four strategic priorities over this period can be summarised as:

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In the news: February Digest

Misconduct

Translation plagiarism is a type of disguised plagiarism which occurs when authorship credit is taken by someone who republishes the work of someone else, but in a different language. The difficulty of identifying this type of plagiarism is explored and the potential damage done by it, in the field of philosophy, examined.

https://doi.org/10.1111/theo.12188

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Predatory publishing: new discussion document

This new guidance from COPE gives an overview of the issue with recommendations and resources. COPE welcomes feedback and comments to continue this live and ongoing debate.

  • What is predatory publishing?
  • What are the commonly occurring features in predatory publications?
  • How can we avoid and raise awareness of the problem of predatory publications?

Read more and add your voice to the discussion

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Research integrity in China

China has become a formidable global leader in scientific—including medical—research, with the world's largest publication output, a rapid surge in the number of highly cited researchers, and an increasingly unparalleled quality of scientific publications.

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Letter from the COPE Chair: January 2020

Dear Digest Readers,

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J-STAGE Seminar, Japan

Trevor Lane, COPE Council Member, represented COPE at the Second J-STAGE Seminar in Tokyo, Japan, on 21 October 2019, at the invitation of the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).

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In the news: January Digest

Predatory Publishing

Leading scholars and publishers from ten countries have agreed a definition of predatory publishing. It took 12 hours of discussion, 18 questions and 3 rounds to reach. 

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-03759-y

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COPE's retraction guidelines 2019

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Letter from the COPE Chair: December 2019

Dear Readers

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