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COPE's first discussion document on plagiarism published

When aspects of publication ethics are particularly fast-moving or controversial COPE cannot always provide detailed guidance. Consequently, in a new venture for COPE, we are intending to publish a series of discussion documents with the aim to stimulate discussion rather than tell editors what to do. We hope that, by raising the issues, we can contribute to the debate within the academic publishing community and work towards agreement or definition of difficult problems.


The Royal Society seeks input into new study

The Royal Society is seeking input from academia, business, industry, Government, interest groups and members of the public for a new, major policy study on the use of scientific information as it affects scientists and society. It will ask how scientific information should be managed to support innovative and productive research that reflects public values. See for more details.


Italian version of flowcharts now available

An Italian version of the COPE flowcharts are now available and can be downloaded here.   Coming soon: Farsi, Spanish, Korean, and others! More details can be seen here.


Chair of COPE gives evidence to parliamentary committee on peer review inquiry

You can  watch Liz Wager, COPE Chair, give evidence to the Science and Technology Committee on peer -review here.


COPE Research Grant - deadline is 1 June 2011

The closing date for applications for COPE's research grant is 1 June 2011.  Any COPE member can apply for a grant (up to £5000) for a research project into publication ethics. See for more details and an application form.


Report from I BRISPE now published

The report from I BRISPE (the 1st Brazilian meeting on Research Integrity, Science and Publication Ethics) has now been published.  The meeting took place in December 2010, and was attended by the COPE Chair, Liz Wager, who also presented at the 5 day meeting.  


A Short Guide to Ethical Editing for New Editors 2011

The short guide to ethical editing was updated in 2019. COPE Council member, Margaret Rees, has written a guide to ethical editing for new editors.  Becoming an editor of a journal is an exciting but daunting task especially if you are working alone without day to day contact with editorial colleagues.


New Website goes live!

The redesigned COPE website has now been launched. 

The site has been designed to make it easier for users to navigate around the site and access the resources quickly and easily.

Highlights of the new website include improved navigation and a more intuitive and accurate search facility. 


Attention COPE members! Changes to the website

The COPE website is undergoing a redesign which involves moving the members database. While this is ongoing, members will not be able to change their details on the website. Members will be able to continue using the website, browsing all the content. Members will also be able to login and submit cases, but will not be able to change their personal details or the details of the


COPE UK Seminar 2011

The COPE UK Seminar 2011 will be held in London on Friday 18 March 2011.
The theme of this year’s seminar is authorship and falsification/fabrication of data. Editors, authors and all those interested in improving the standard of publication ethics are welcome to attend. To register, please complete the registration form here.