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Core practices

Core practices are the policies and practices journals and publishers need, to reach the highest standards in publication ethics, including cases, guidance and events, to support journals and publishers

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All of the cases COPE has discussed since its inception in 1997 have been entered into a searchable database. This database now contains over 500 cases together with the advice given by COPE.

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Flowcharts are designed to help editors follow COPE’s core practices 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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COPE Digest

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

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Seminars and webinars

Presentations and recordings of COPE seminars and webinars.

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COPE Research and COPE-funded 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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Translated Resources

Translated versions of COPE resources: flowcharts, guidelines, 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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