From our Code of Conduct and our Guidelines to useful sample letters and flowcharts, COPE offers a range of useful tools for journal editors and writers.

Code of Conduct

Through the Code of Conduct, COPE aims to define best practice in the ethics of scholarly publishing and to assist editors, editorial board members, owners of journals and publishers to achieve this.

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Flowcharts are designed to help editors follow COPE’s Code of Conduct and implement its advice when faced with cases of suspected misconduct.

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Access COPE's official guidance, including the Retraction Guidelines.

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COPE's eLearning course is designed to give editors a deeper understanding about publication ethics and practical guidance about how to detect, prevent and handle misconduct.

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Discussion Documents

Discussion documents aim to stimulate discussion and debate within the academic publishing community. Comments on the documents will be used to inform future guidelines and policies.

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International standards for editors and authors

Position statements setting out international standards for responsible research publication for editors and authors.

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COPE Digest

COPE’s monthly newsletter, providing up to date news on COPE and publication ethics issues elsewhere.

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Presentations and recordings of COPE seminars and webinars.

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Information on previous COPE research grant projects.

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Resources and Further Reading

Links to COPE meeting reports and selected articles or news items on publication ethics which have been published elsewhere and may be of interest.

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Sample Letters

(Members only.) Sample letters for editors covering a range of scenarios e.g. suspected plagiarism, change of authorship, undisclosed COIs.

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Chinese resources

Chinese translations of COPE resources: flowcharts, ethical guidelines for peer reviewers, presentations from 2017 China Seminar, and more.

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COPE Guide

Relevant information about COPE for editors, publishers, authors and journalists

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Tool to help editors think about ethical issues and decide what is best for their journals



An archive of resources that have been retired, are redundant or out of date.

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FAQs are based on questions submitted by members to the COPE Forum. The answers come from a variety of individuals and reflect a range of opinions.

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