News / COPE Discussion Document on responding to anonymous whistle blowers

COPE has received a number of requests from its members on how to respond to anonymous whistle blowers.  We have now developed our response in the format of a discussion document which can be seen here.

News / Dates of future COPE meetings


Monday 7 March 2011 (deadline for cases 21 February)

Monday 6 June 2011 (deadline for cases 23 May)

Tuesday 6 September 2011 (deadline for cases 23 August)

Tuesday 6 December 2011 (deadline for cases 22 November)

Open Access and Medical Publishing: ISMPP

Date & Time: 
Wednesday, 30 January 2019 - 4:00pm

ISMPP invites COPE members to attend a special 90-minute ISMPP U educational webinar, Open Access and Medical Publishing, on Wednesday, January 30, at 11 am EST/4 pm in the UK.

The webinar is open to all and free to COPE members. Expert speakers representing different stakeholder views – industry (Shire), funder (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), publisher (Wiley and American Society of Clinical Oncology [ASCO]), patient, and academia – will discuss various considerations around open access publishing. Learn more about the webinar and register if you are not an ISMPP member

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News / New Journal Members October-December 2018

COPE is pleased to welcome journals who became members between October and December 2018. The new members have been assessed against criteria outlined in the Principles of Transparency and signing up to COPE shows that they intend to follow the highest standards of publication ethics and to apply COPE principles of publication ethics outlined in the Core Practices.

5th World Conference on Research Integrity

Date & Time: 
Sunday, 2 June 2019 - 8:30am to Wednesday, 5 June 2019 - 5:00pm
Hong Kong

COPE will have a prominent role at the WCRI (World Congress on Research Integrity in Hong Kong, China (2-5 June 2019), with four COPE-led symposia and plenary sessions:

  • Plenary session on predatory publishing with Deborah Poff (COPE Vice-Chair and Chair-Elect)
  • Symposium on Transparency 2025, led by Tracey Bretag (COPE Council)
  • A debate on preprints. Chris Graf (COPE co-Chair) and Sabine Kleinart (The Lancet) will co-chair this session, with Heather Tierney (COPE Council) presenting the COPE view and Howard Browman (COPE Council) representing an alternative view
  • Focus track on responsible authorship with Charon Pierson (COPE Secretary), Tracey Bretag (COPE Council), Dr Siu-wai Leung (University of Macau, China) and Trevor Lane (COPE Council).

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News / Case Discussion: Editor and reviewers requiring authors to cite their own work

In this case, a staff member at a journal noted that a handling editor and her or his favorite reviewers frequently requested authors to cite the editor’s  and reviewers’ work in revised submissions. Once this was confirmed, the editor-in-chief consulted the editorial board who agreed that the requested citations were not scientifically necessary.