Publisher membership application form

Eligibility:

  • Only publishers who publish 5 or more journals should apply for publisher membership. For 4 journals or less, please complete individual journal application forms. All journals must be publishing for at least 1 year.

  • Applicants and their associated journals must agree to the COPE core principles of publication ethics as laid out in the Core Practices (https://publicationethics.org/core-practices).

  • Only complete forms will be considered.

How applications are assessed:

  • The Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing form part of the criteria we use to evaluate publishers and journals, expecting publishers to adhere to them and follow the spirit of the principles in all aspects of their publishing operation
  • In addition to the Principles of Transparency, the Membership Administrator will evaluate the application by:
     - Using the information and supporting documentation supplied on the application form
     - Reviewing the publisher/journal website(s) to research the application
     - Other sources, if deemed relevant, for example: feedback from Editorial Board members and publicly available information.

  • COPE will research reports of practices that do not apply our principles of publication ethics outlines in the Core Practices.
     
  • The Membership Administrator will supply the Membership subcommittee with all relevant documentation based on review and research of the application. The Membership subcommittee will make the final decision on membership, based on the application, the information reviewed and more subtle forms of assessment using the Membership subcommittee's experience.

Note:

  • All correspondence to members is sent via email unless otherwise requested
  • COPE reserves the right to withdraw membership if incorrect information is given in this form or comes to light after membership is approved.
  • COPE may ask for additional information in relation to your application
APPLICANT DETAILS
(Dr, Prof)

Your journal details

Download and complete the fields on the Excel sheet below with details of all your journals.

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SENIOR ETHICS PERSON
This will be the COPE member representative and has responsibility for ethical issues in your organisation.
(Dr, Prof)
ADHERENCE TO THE COPE CORE PRACTICES
FAILURE TO PROVIDE ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS IN THIS SECTION MAY BE GROUNDS TO REFUSE YOUR APPLICATION
Have you read the COPE Core Practices? https://publicationethics.org/core-practices
Please give details.
As a member of COPE, you agree to abide by COPE's process for handling concerns or issues raised against its members, and agree to participate in a dialogue with COPE in the rare event that a complaint is raised against you. COPE reserves the right to take further action, which could include suspension or termination of membership, if a member refuses to engage or co-operate with COPE in addressing a concern or issue raised against them.
Publisher details
Homepage
Please give brief details of your structure/model for journals, eg, open access journal or by subscription and provide any relevant links to your website.
Please give brief details of the peer-review process and provide a website link to your peer review policy.
(eg STM, ALPSP, SSP, OASPA)
Do your journals accept advertising?
Please provide a website link to information on what types of advert will be considered, who makes decisions regarding accepting adverts, and whether they are linked to content or reader behaviour (online only) or are displayed at random
Please provide a website link to the publisher’s policies on handling potential conflicts of interest of editors, authors, and reviewers. Please also provide a link to the publisher’s process for handling submissions from editors, employees, or members of the editorial board to ensure unbiased review. If you do not have a link to this information, please explain your policy and tell us why it is not on the publisher website
Please provide a website link to the publisher’s policies for the identification of/dealing with allegations of research misconduct.
Do your journals require any fees or charges for manuscript processing and/or publishing? If so, please provide a website link to this information, or provide further information below.
Do you have a plan for electronic backup and preservation of access to the content of your journals (for example, access to main articles via CLOCKSS or PubMedCentral) in the event that your journals are no longer published?
Publishing staff details

Please provide details of 2 other publishing staff (names, email, postal address and telephone  – we may contact these members of staff regarding the information you have supplied)

Staff member 1
(Dr, Prof)
Staff member 2
(Dr, Prof)
JOURNAL STAFF DETAILS
Please provide details of 2 Editors-in-Chief from any of your journals (names, email, postal address and telephone – we may contact these editors regarding the information you have supplied)
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF 1
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF 2