COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers - English

Peer review in all its forms plays an important role in ensuring the integrity of the scholarly record. The process depends to a large extent on trust, and requires that everyone involved behaves responsibly and ethically. Peer reviewers play a central and critical part in the peer-review process, but too often come to the role without any guidance and unaware of their ethical obligations. COPE has produced some guidelines which set out the basic principles and standards to which all peer reviewers should adhere during the peer-review process in research publication. The aim has been to make them generic so that they can be applied across disciplines.

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Version 1 of the Guidelines (March 2013) can be found here.


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Version 2 September 2017
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Version 1 of the Guidelines (March 2013) can be found here.

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  • 7 February 2019

    Added link to Version 1.