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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.


In the news: September Digest

Each month COPE Council members gather and share publication ethics news. This month the news includes articles on peer review, diversity and inclusivity, research integrity, and more.


Letter from the COPE Vice-Chair: August 2020

This month we welcome Simon Linacre as our newest Trustee. Simon brings extensive experience in scholarly publishing (predatory publishing, open access, and book publishing), and in business and marketing. With over 20 years’ experience in the industry, we know that Simon will be an outstanding Trustee and we look forward to working with him.