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News / COPE Forum: 9 December 2015

The next COPE Forum meeting is being held on Wednesday 9 December 2015, 12noon–1.30pm (GMT). The COPE Forum will be held virtually via webinar. The agenda and materials can be downloaded here (PDF 478kb).

The invitation to join the webinar is below. We can accommodate up to 100 attendees, so please register quickly if you wish to join in the discussion.

News / NEW! Discussion document on handling competing interests

This guidance has been drafted following a COPE Discussion Forum (9 December 2015, The aim of the document is to further encourage discussion and to capture a record of the issues around competing interests — especially when they arise after publication — to help inform and progress the debate, and to firm up guidance where that is indicated.

News / COPE endorsement of TOP Guidelines

COPE came into being to be help editors handle issues in publication ethics, with the underlying aim of ensuring the integrity of the published literature. Thus it has long supported initiatives that lead to better reporting of research, including for example the EQUATOR network.

News / COPE logo

Did you know that you can now download a unique COPE logo for your journal or website?

News / Two new flowcharts and two revisions

In collaboration with BioMed Central, COPE has developed two new flowcharts on how to respond to whistle blowers: 1) when concerns are raised directly (, and 2) when those concerns are raised via social media (

News / COPE endorses GPP3

COPE endorses Good Publication Practice for Communicating Company-Sponsored Medical Research: GPP3[1].

Authors working in corporate–academic research collaborations must follow appropriate ethical standards. GPP3 describes such standards, and promotes the ethical practices established by organisations like COPE, ICMJE, and WMA. 

News / COPE statement on Frontiers

Like the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) does now, COPE has a rigorous and stringent process for scrutinizing members before they are accepted and we review this process as needed. Frontiers has been a member of COPE since January 2015.

News / COPE Forum: 9 September 2015

The next COPE Forum meeting is on Wednesday 9 September, 3pm–4.30pm (British Summer Time) at The Montcalm London Marble Arch, 2, Wallenberg Place, London, W1H 7TN

The agenda and materials are now available to download (PDF 486kb).

News / FORUM DISCUSSION TOPIC: Who “owns” peer reviews?

The Forum discussion topic on Wednesday 9 September is ‘Who “owns” peer review?’. Click below to learn more and please do leave your comments.

News / Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing: revised and updated

In early 2014, COPE, together with Directory of Open Access Journals  (DOAJ), Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), and World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), published a minimum set of criteria for journals and publishers to be assessed against when they apply for membership at one of our organisations.