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News / Welcome new COPE Council members

The results of our recent Council elections have been confirmed and we are pleased to welcome two new members to Council: Howard Browman and Frits Rosendaal.

News / Forum discussion topic: Preprints: what are the issues?

Preprints and working papers have been posted and shared for many years. They report research results that have not undergone peer review, although in many cases the authors also submit to a journal (before, after or at the same time as making a preprint available). In the past 5 years, the number of preprint servers and preprints has expanded and new disciplines, notably biology and life sciences, have seen rapid growth in the number of preprints.

News / Vote for COPE Council members

Voting for the 2 vacancies on COPE council is now open.

Following our recent call for nominations, we are delighted to have received so much interest from members. The Nominations Subcommittee has carefully and thoroughly reviewed all the applications against the criteria in our call, and has produced a shortlist of 7 candidates to put forward for election.

More information and vote

News / Standards in Authorship webinar summary

Standards in authorship

COPE Webinar 29 June, 2017

Watch and listen again to the recording of our Standards in Authorship webinar.

News / Your comments on Discussion Document: What Constitutes Authorship?

COPE is updating its discussion document What constitutes authorship?

This document aims to stimulate discussion about the issue to help inform the debate and provide guidance where needed. We encourage journal editors, reviewers, researchers, institutions, funders and third party services to comment (whether or not they are COPE members). 

News / RePAIR Consensus Guidelines

Following a call for comments on the RePAIR Consensus Guidelines, they have now been updated.
RePAIR Consensus Guidelines

News / Standards in authorship webinar

On Thursday 29 June 2-3pm we're holding our first webinar for information, shared discussion and practical advice on common authorship issues faced by COPE members.

Three guest speakers will present their views: Deborah Poff, Editor-in-Chief Journal of Academic Ethics; Kelly Cobey Senior Clinical Research Associate at Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Ottawa, Canada; Liz Allen, Director of Strategic Initiatives at F1000.

News / Authorship and politics

At the beginning of 2017, political activity globally has begun to impinge on academia in ways that are both troubling and novel.

Academic freedom being challenged is, of course, not new. In the USSR the repression of science by the state was routine. In the not too distant past a chilling effect on academic research in the USA was well documented and the current political climate there appears to pose considerable challenges to academic freedom.

News / Vacancies on COPE Council

Due to three council members coming to the end of their first term on council, we are seeking nominations for three new candidates. We are specially seeking candidates from Mainland Europe, Scandinavia and South America, and from the social sciences/humanities areas.

The closing date for applications is: 28 April 2017

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