Website Terms and Conditions

This website is owned by the Committee on Publications Ethics, a registered company with limited liability and a registered charity in the UK.
Use of this website.

Please read the following Website Terms and Conditions, which relate to information regarding general use of our website. By using this website, you are agreeing to these terms and conditions. From time to time we may change these terms and conditions, and will post revisions on our website. We recommend that you read these terms and conditions regularly. If you subscribe to a COPE membership you will also be governed by the Terms and Conditions of Membership.


Use of the data that you provide us, or which is collected by use on this website, is governed by our Privacy Policy.
We try to ensure that the COPE website availability is uninterrupted and that transmissions will be error-free. However, due to the nature of the internet, we cannot guarantee that your access will not be suspended or restricted from time to time including to allow for repairs, maintenance or the introduction of new facilities or services. We of course try to limit the frequency and duration of any suspension or restriction. All of this website can be accessed for free and such access is at our discretion and may be changed without notice.

Intellectual Property Rights

The content, layout, design, data and graphics on this website are protected by UK and other international copyright laws. Other than downloading a small proportion of content, strictly for your personal, non-commercial use, or where this amounts to "fair use", no part of the website may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted, in any form or by any means (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording and/or otherwise) without our prior written consent. Any authorised uses of content, must include the customary bibliographic citation, including author attribution, date, report title and the URL, and must include the copyright notice.
The COPE trademarks and logos which are displayed on the website are the trade marks of COPE. Any use including framing, metatags or other text utilising COPE's trade marks or other trade marks displayed, is strictly prohibited without our express written consent.

Permission for use of our intellectual property

Any request for permission of our content or images, or other use of our intellectual property not authorised under a subscription, should be made using the options on the contact page.


This website contains links including hyperlinks which may take you outside Links are provided for your convenience, and an inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement or approval by us of the linked website, its operator or content. We are not responsible for any website outside the COPE website.


The information contained on this website is intended for medical and scientific editors and authors and is provided on an "as is" basis without representations or any kind of warranty made of any kind (whether express or implied by law). This includes warranty as to fitness for a particular purpose satisfactory quality, non infringement, compatibility, security and accuracy. Differences may occur also between the print and online text.
The opinions and views expressed on this website (including the COPE reports) are those of the individual authors and not necessarily those of COPE.
Descriptions or reference to a product or publication does not imply endorsement of that product or publication.

Pursuing misconduct

To the fullest extent permitted by law under no circumstances shall COPE be responsible for any losses, injury or damage (whether such losses were foreseen, foreseeable, known or otherwise) caused to any person or property (including under contract, by negligence, products liability or otherwise) whether they be direct or indirect, special, incidental or consequential, resulting from the application of the information on this website.

Your conduct

You must not use the website in any way that causes or is likely to cause the website or access to it to be interrupted, damaged or impaired in any way. You understand that you are solely responsible for all electronic communications and contents sent from your computer to us. You must use the website for lawful purposes only. You must not use the website for any of the following:

Fraudulent purposes in connection with a criminal offence or otherwise unlawful activity.

To send, use or re-use any material that is illegal, offensive, abusive, indecent, defamatory, obscene or menacing; or in breach of copyright, trademark, confidence, privacy or any other right; or is otherwise injurious to third parties; or objectionable; or which consists of or contains software viruses, political campaigning, commercial solicitation, chain letters, mass mailings or any spam.

To cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety.

Governing law

These terms and conditions shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales, whose courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction.