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Revised Good Publication Practice guidelines published

The revised  Good Publication Practice” (GPP) guidelines is now freely available, published 30 August 2022


Letter from the COPE Chair: September 2022

Welcome to our annual edition of Digest celebrating Peer Review Week (19-23 September). This year’s theme is “Research Integrity: Creating and supporting trust in research”.


Paper mills in the news

The phenomenon of organised paper mills has been drawing greater attention over recent years across the academic publishing community, with improving detection tools revealing the extensive scale of these operations and the implications this has on the integrity of the research literature.


In the news: July & August 2022


The news includes articles on compliance with data sharing statements, whether retractions affect public perception of the poor science, a game which encourages researchers to think about research integrity issues, and more. The news is gathered by COPE Council members.


COPE Trustee

Vacancies on the COPE Trustee Board

We are seeking applications for five* vacancies on the COPE Trustee Board at an exciting time for the organisation as we look to expand into new areas. We have therefore highlighted gaps on the Trustee Board which we are keen to fill.

*On this occasion, we are NOT seeking to elect candidates from the UK or North America given our current complement of representation from these regions.

We are specifically seeking:


Letter from the COPE Chair: June 2022

Travel is once again becoming a part of my life. I recently returned from a wonderful trip to Cape Town, South Africa to participate in the 7th World Conference on Research Integrity (WCRI). The 30-hour trip from New York to South Africa was well worth it. I loved reconnecting with professional colleagues that I had not seen in years and making new connections.


In the news: May & June 2022

May and June 2022 news includes articles on peer review's role in uncovering scientific fraud, the data publishing ecosystem, the definitions of academic misconduct, and identifying fake research.


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.