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Guest editorial: Data availability statements

This is a guest editorial and opinions may not reflect official COPE guidance or policies.

The gap between promise and reality

Jasmine Jamshidi-Naeini[1], Andrew W. Brown[2],[3], Wasiuddin Najam[1], Colby J. Vorland[1], Stephanie Dickinson[1], B. Allison[1]


Paper mills: United to act

A year ago, COPE and STM (the trade association for the worldwide academic publishing industry) undertook a study with Maverick Publishing Services, using data from publishers and interviews with stakeholders, to understand the scale of the problem of paper mills, and to consider what actions should be taken.


COPE Trustee

Vacancies on the COPE Trustee Board

We are seeking applications for two vacancies on the COPE Trustee Board as we look to enhance the support we provide.

We are specifically seeking:

  1. candidates from outside the UK and the US, with a particular preference for those based in Africa, Asia or Latin America.

  2. candidates who are journal editors or individual members.



Nature has published a report on the UNITED2ACT Summit held in May and organised by COPE and STM.

Stakeholders from across the research integrity spectrum gathered to discuss solutions to the paper mill problem. “It was the first time we had a group of people come together and co-create a set of actions which we’re going to take forward to combat this problem,” Deborah Kahn, COPE Trustee


New flowcharts: ethical concerns in data publication

We are delighted to announce the launch of a series of practical flowcharts for journals and data repositories who are dealing with ethical concerns relating to data publication. Each of the four categories outlined in the 2021 recommendations has accompanying flowcharts for issues that occur before and after publication.


COPE in 2023: Update

In January, we published a letter in COPE Digest where we recognised that, as ethical issues change and evolve, so must COPE.  We thus affirmed our commitment to reviewing a number of our processes to ensure they are fit for purpose. In this letter we give a brief update on progress in these areas.  


Predatory behaviour in publication ethics

We’ve recently been seeing a lot of attention to predatory publishers, especially with reference to lists of predatory journals, and ‘safe lists’ (see COPE’s Officers’ Statement on identifying fake journals).


Identifying fake journals

COPE believes that authors and institutions should treat lists of predatory (or fake) journals with the same degree of scrutiny as they do with the journals themselves.


A PLACE for publishers

Over the past few months we have been working with Crossref, the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), and the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) to build a hub for publishers with limited resources or little experience, to easily discover resources from each of the organisations in one place.


Guest editorial: the challenge of AI chatbots for journal editors

One of us (RW) published an editorial in his journal on the use of ChatGPT in writing academic manuscripts. ChatGPT (a chatbot developed by OpenAI) was included in the author list in the interests of transparency.