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)

News / Letter from the COPE co-Chairs: May 2018

Starting the conversation: Outcomes from a research integrity workshop for research institutions, editors and publishers

News / 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.

News / 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”.

Research Cluster in Applied Research Ethics & Integrity

Date & Time: 
Wednesday, 4 April 2018 - 12:15pm
University of Kent, UK

Chris Graf, COPE co-Chair is giving the keynote speech at this conference to formally launch the Cluster to University of Kent students and academics.

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ISMTE Asian-Pacific Conference

Date & Time: 
Tuesday, 27 March 2018 - 9:00am to Wednesday, 28 March 2018 - 5:00pm

The theme of the ISMTE (International Society of Managing and Technical Editors) Asian-Pacific Conference is "Committed to Editorial Excellence". 

Michael Wise, COPE Council member, is representing COPE on a panel discussion on 'Preprint servers: what you need to know'.
COPE members can attend the conference at the ISMTE member rate. If you wish to take advantage of this offer, contact us for the code.

Following on from the success of previous workshops in Singapore and Beijing, COPE is delighted to announce another half day workshop, in collaboration with ISMTE, on Wednesday 28 March 2018, at the Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay, 177A River Valley Road, 179031 Singapore. The theme of the workshop is "Publication ethics". Editors, publishers, authors and all those interested in publication ethics are welcome to attend.

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COPE Forum: April 2018

Date & Time: 
Monday, 30 April 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Open to COPE members only.

Our Forum, where we discuss cases submitted by members, will take place on 30 April from 4-5.30pm (GMT). Taking part in the Forum allows members to contribute to, as well as learn from, the cases being discussed.

We will also be discussing Preprints: Continuing the conversation during the Forum. You are welcome to add your comments on this topic before the Forum, whether or not you are attending the Forum.

Deadline to register: Friday 27 April




Forum agenda and materials

The agenda for the COPE Forum on Monday 30 April:

1. Update on COPE activities by the Chair

2. Forum discussion: Preprints

3. New cases
18-02 Dispute between two authors (AC)

18-03 Editor and reviewers requiring authors to cite their own work (LJ)

18-04 License for a published scale (ES)

18-05 Undisclosed conflict of interest (GE)

18-06 Retrospective registration, outcome switching and ethical approval (EH)

4. Updates
18-01 License for using a published scale

Forum agenda and materials

News / Australia Seminar, 30 May 2018

Registration has been extended to 25 May 2018.

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