News & Opinion

News / COPE Digest: Publication Ethics in Practice. February 2014 (Vol. 2, Issue 2)

The February issue of COPE Digest has been published on the COPE website. Read it here.

News / COPE council members re-elected

COPE is very pleased to announce the re-election of two COPE council members following our recent elections: Behrooz Astaneh ( and Geraldine Pearson ( We very much look forward to continuing our work with them.

News / Programme for COPE European Seminar 2014, Brussels, Belgium, 14 March 2014

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News / Election of COPE council members January 2014

Voting for the 2 vacancies on COPE council is now open and will remain open until Friday 24 January 2014. All Full and Associate Members are entitled to vote. Please note that there is only one vote per journal title, even for journals with multiple editors. The vote should be cast by the member editor, who is usually the editor-in-chief, or otherwise by the nominated contact for the journal. Editors of more than one journal will have a vote for each journal.

News / COPE Forum agenda and materials: 4 December 2013 meeting

Download the agenda and materials (PDF, 433kb) for the COPE Forum meeting 4 December 2013.

News / Announcement of COPE Council elections

Due to vacancies on Council, we are seeking nominations for two new candidates.These are voluntary positions. Council is responsible for COPE’s policy and management. Council members are expected to attend four meetings a year (at least 2 of which are in London and 2 may be attended by phone or other media). There is also an annual 1 day strategy meeting which Council Members are expected to attend.

News / Second issue of COPE Digest published

The second issue of COPE Digest: Publication Ethics in Practice has now been published. It can be read here:

News / COPE response to Science paper submission of fake paper, by Virginia Barbour, on behalf of COPE council

At COPE we have followed with intense interest the recent report in Science of a fake paper submitted to multiple journals, some of whom accepted it. There is no doubt that this "sting" raises a number of issues, that academic publishing and those who seek to improve it, need to tackle head on-though I'd argue they are not necessarily the ones that Science thinks are top priorities.

News / COPE Indian Seminar at the Annual Conference of IAMJE

COPE will be running a seminar entitled “Publication ethics in India: Inspiring excellence” on 15 November 2013 at the Annual Conference of the Indian Association of Medical Journal Editors (IAMJE), 16–17 November 2013. There will also be a Workshop on Scientific Writing for Authors on 15–16 November 2013 and a Workshop for Peer Reviewers on 17 November 2013.  COPE Vice-Chair, Charlotte Haug, and COPE Alumnus, Trish Groves, will be leading the seminar. 

News / COPE Forum agenda and materials: 4 September 2013 meeting

Download the agenda and materials for the COPE Forum meeting 4 September 2013 here (PDF, 172kb).