Vacancies on COPE Council

Due to three council members coming to the end of their first term on council, we are seeking nominations for three new candidates. We are specially seeking candidates from Mainland Europe, Scandinavia and South America, and from the social sciences/humanities areas.

COPE Council is an active, working council. Council meets three times a year; two of the meetings are held by webinar, with the other being a 2–3 day residential meeting incorporating subcommittee meetings and a strategy day. It is expected that all COPE Council members will attend all of these meetings. Annual seminars and workshops are held in a number of locations worldwide and it is hoped that Council Members will participate in at least one of these.

Council is divided into subcommittees, and Council Members will be expected to join a subcommittee of interest and actively help to achieve the subcommittee’s objectives. Other general Council tasks, such as the Forum and responding to member queries, are undertaken electronically. It is anticipated that the work of Council Members should amount to about 1–2 days per month, in addition to attendance at meetings.

Council Members will be appointed by COPE Council for 3 years, with the possibility after further election of an additional 3 years. These are voluntary unpaid positions. It is expected that your employer will cover any expenses as part of your professional development; if this is not feasible, please contact the COPE Administrator for guidance.

In accordance with COPE’s constitution, the candidate, or the organisation they represent, must have been an ordinary member of COPE for at least 1 year.

Candidates for Council membership will be short-listed by the nominations subcommittee. Short-listed candidates will be interviewed. Council Members shall be elected by the Full and Associate General Members with voting rights or (if the candidates are unopposed) by the approval of the Council.

Further details, including a job description, can be found below.

Those who are interested should contact the COPE administrator.
The closing date for applications is: 28 April 2017


COPE Council Member: role description

Purpose of role
• To be responsible, together with other council members, for the activities of the Committee on Publication Ethics.

Key responsibilities
• Attend and take a full part in meetings of Council by webinar, and attend and take full part in the annual residential meeting
• Attend and contribute to quarterly Forum meetings by webinar
• Take part in additional policy and advisory discussions (usually electronically).
• Take part in subcommittees and other tasks, as agreed by Council.
• Represent COPE externally when required to do so by Council.

Person specification
• Experience of scholarly publishing (in particular, gained as the editor or publisher of a peer-reviewed publication).
• Understanding of ethical issues in scholarly publishing (eg, having published on or with experience of such matters).
• Experience of committee work or involvement with charitable organizations.
• Other expertise that will benefit COPE, such as writing, editing, publishing, training, law, accountancy, charity administration, public relations, human resources, fundraising, etc is welcomed
• Sufficient time to commit to COPE activities, including attending meetings and contributing to the work of Council as required.