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COPE Sanctions Policy

Published/Released on November 01, 2017 | Posted by Admin on December 18, 2017 / , , , , , ,
 


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Background
The COPE Complaints process was established in 2010 [revised in 2014] as a means of providing independent guidance to our member editors and publishers on disputed matters of publication ethics. While the members of the Complaints subcommittee have worked tirelessly to provide advice and to assist in resolving complaints brought to the subcommittee’s attention, often those efforts have been frustrated by a number of issues, one of which is the absence of any defined enforcement mechanism. (See here for more information on the newly constituted Facilitation and Integrity subcommittee). Consequently, the Trustee Board have defined an organizational position and policy concerning sanctions against members who demonstrate major or consistent deviations from the principles of publication ethics agreed to when applying for and receiving COPE membership.

When would COPE instigate possible sanctions?
Sanctions would be instigated when a member’s actions—or non-actions—are found to demonstrate a flagrant or consistent unwillingness to abide by COPE principles. NOTE: part of COPE’s mission is to educate publishers and editors about publication ethics, and hence removal of a member means that COPE no longer has any leverage or impact on that member’s behaviour. Consequently, COPE anticipates that sanctions would be used as a last resort in responding to egregious behaviour by members, and only after failed remediation attempts.

Process leading to possible sanctions.
Identification of the events which might trigger a sanction against a COPE member can come from
different sources, either inside or outside of the COPE membership, and will follow the process…

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