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Peer Review Resources: Peer Review Week 2019

Peer Review Week 2019 is themed "Quality in Peer Review". Some of COPE's resources are directed towards peer reviewers with guidance on how to peer review. COPE also has guidance for editors on how to identify peer review manipulation.

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Letter from the COPE Chair: September 2019

The 16th-20th of September is Peer Review Week, with this year's theme Quality In Peer Review. This is now an anticipated time in the calendar for many of our members around the world and a number of events focus on issues related to peer review and publication ethics and integrity.

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When the peer review process goes sideways

The peer review system is complex and the results influence advancement of knowledge, patient care, policies, careers, future funding decisions, and more.  The triad of individuals involved in this system, authors, editors and reviewers, all have important roles to play to make sure this system works.  Some of these roles correspond to functions that affect the timeliness of review decisions, submission of a meaningful review, and clear communication of expectations of all of the participants

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Letter from the COPE Chair: August 2019

Dear Readers,

If you have been following one of our foci this year, you will have noticed an explicit commitment to diversity and inclusivity as a COPE theme. As a strategic goal of our last plan, we interpret this commitment broadly, including geographic diversity, gender diversity, issues of racial and ethnic diversity, ableism and breadth across the disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields of scholarly publishing. 

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Case Discussion: Possible plagiarism

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Case 19-03

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Obituary: Patrick Barron, COPE Council member

We are very sad to inform you that Patrick Barron, COPE Council member since 2016, has passed away.

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In the news: August

16.8.19

Research Ethics

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WCRI 2019: Predatory publishing plenary

On the last day of the World Conference on Research Integrity in Hong Kong in June, the afternoon plenary session chaired by Susan Zimmerman of the Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research in Canada explored predatory publishing, building on a summit in Ottawa two months earlier.

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Letter from the COPE Chair: July 2019

Is self-citation ever an ethical action for authors to do? Is there ever a justification for editors or reviewers to recommend citations to their own work or their own journal? These are just some of the topics addressed in the new, and about to be released, COPE discussion document on citation manipulation

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Welcome new COPE members April-June 2019

Welcome to our new members who have joined COPE between April and June 2019. The new members have been assessed against criteria outlined in the Principles of Transparency and signing up to COPE shows that they intend to follow the highest standards of publication ethics and to apply COPE principles of publication ethics outlined in the Core Practices.

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