Discussion documents

When aspects of publication ethics are particularly fast-moving or controversial COPE cannot always provide detailed guidance. The COPE discussion documents aim to stimulate discussion rather than tell editors what to do. We hope that, by raising the issues, we can contribute to the debate within the scholarly publishing community and work towards agreement or definition of difficult problems.

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COPE Discussion Documents

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Handling competing interests. January 2016

    Forum Discussion documents

    In a new undertaking for the COPE Forum, a specific topic will be discussed at the start of each quarterly COPE Forum meeting. As well as those at the virtual meetings, people unable to take part in the meetings can comment via the COPE website in advance.

    COPE Forum 9 December 2015: COPE consultation/guidance document on handling competing interests

    The aim of this document is to encourage discussion and to capture a record of the issues around competing interests, especially when they arise after publication, to help inform and progress the debate, and to firm-up guidance where that is indicated.

    Summary of the discussion at the COPE Forum and of the comments on the COPE blog [PDF, 274KB]