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Changes to data regulations: GDPR

On 25th May, an update to the 1993 Data Protection Act will come into force. This is known as the GDPR. You have probably heard of it as most of the websites, apps and services that we all use on a day-to-day basis are updating their privacy policies and sending out notices like this one.


COPE at Sense about Science workshop. Peer review: the nuts and bolts

On Friday April 27th, Sense about Science, Voice of Young Science and SAGE Publications hosted a workshop for early career researchers to find out more about peer review.


COPE Asia-Pacific Workshop 2018: Report

COPE Council Member Michael Wise was an invited speaker at the International Society of Managing and Technical Editors 2018 Asian-Pacific Conference, which was held on 27-28 March 2018 at the Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay.


In the news: May 2018 Digest

Conflicts of Interest

An article in discusses a paper published in the BMJ which was widely picked up in the news, but where the peer reviewers had close affiliations with the authors, and wonders if there are wider unexamined conflicts of interest in peer review.


COPE Education Subcommittee focus: Conflicts of Interest

COPE’s Core Practice #4 on conflicts of interest / competing interests states: “There must be clear definitions of conflicts of interest and processes for handling conflicts of interest of authors, reviewers, editors, journals and publishers, whether identified before or after publication”.


COPE Forum: 30 April 2018

Register for the COPE Forum that will take place on Monday 30 April from 4-5.30pm (BST).


In the news: April 2018 Digest

Included in the news this month are articles related to April's theme of "Complaints and appeals”, together with authorship, code of ethics, retractions and preprints.


Complaints and appeals

“Journals should have a clearly described process for handling complaints against the journal, its staff, editorial board or publisher”. This refers to COPE’s Core Practice #3 and it is good advice and might be the only advice you need if all human beings operated solely with agreed upon objective and rational principles and facts.


COPE Education Subcommittee focus: Complaints and Appeals

COPE’s core practice # 3 recommends that: 

“Journals should have a clearly described process for handling complaints against the journal, its staff, editorial board or publisher.”

Such complaints can take many forms (there are 133 cases in the COPE case database), some fairly common and straight forward, others less so.


Australia Seminar, 30 May 2018

Registration has been extended to 25 May 2018.

Register for our Australia Seminar on 30 May 2018. #C0PEAustralia