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Peer review processes

All peer review processes must be transparently described and well managed. Journals should provide training for editors and reviewers and have policies on diverse aspects of peer review, especially with respect to adoption of appropriate models of review and processes for handling conflicts of interest, appeals and disputes that may arise in peer review

Our core practices

Core practices are the policies and practices journals and publishers need, to reach the highest standards in publication ethics. We include cases with advice, guidance for day-to-day practice, education modules and events on topical issues, to support journals and publishers fulfil their policies.
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Letter from the COPE Chair: September 2019

The 16th-20th of September is Peer Review Week, with this year's theme Quality In Peer Review. This is now an anticipated time in the calendar for many of our members around the world and a number of events focus on issues related to peer review and publication ethics and integrity.

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When the peer review process goes sideways

The peer review system is complex and the results influence advancement of knowledge, patient care, policies, careers, future funding decisions, and more.  The triad of individuals involved in this system, authors, editors and reviewers, all have important roles to play to make sure this system works.  Some of these roles correspond to functions that affect the timeliness of review decisions, submission of a meaningful review, and clear communication of expectations of all of the participants

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Author Developed by COPE Council with support from Routledge (part of the Taylor & Francis Group) and Shift Learning
Version 1 August 2019
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Exploring publication ethics in the arts, humanities, and social sciences: A COPE study 2019 https://doi.org/10.24318/cope.2019.4.1 

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In the news: August

16.8.19

Research Ethics

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Guest article: Inclusion in Scholarly Practice

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Written by Karin Wulf, Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture and William & Mary

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In the news: June Digest

10/06/19

Peer review

Peer review is the hallmark of scientific and scholarly publications. These authors explore 5 principles of good peer review and suggest ways for journals to use these to underpin best practices.  https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/leap.1222

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In the news: May Digest

Intellectual property

In a discussion paper posted on SSRN, Diana Simon, a Professor of Law at the University of Arizona, explores whether it is fair or helpful to try to generalise attitudes toward plagiarism across cultures?

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3377725

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Meeting Report: America Philosophical Association

Deborah Poff, COPE Vice-Chair and Chair Elect, recently presented COPE views on a variety of issues and activities related to publication ethics and philosophy. Deborah presented the current commitment of COPE to assess and respond to particular issues for editors and publishers in the humanities and social sciences which includes our current survey.

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