IGI Global's Full Membership to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

What is the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)?

The Committee on Publication Ethics, known also by its acronym, COPE, is a non-profit UK-based international organization that strives to provide leadership and promote adherence to strict ethical guidelines in the publishing and academic communities, as well as offers a professional voice in current debates. COPE continually shares educational resources with editors and publishers on the latest best practices for maintaining the highest standard of ethics in all publications.

COPE Membership Review Process

At the start of 2017, IGI Global submitted an application to COPE and then entered into a review process by the COPE Council in which IGI Global was carefully examined, including our editorial management processes, our peer review process, our ethics and malpractice policies, and our online manuscript submission system, eEditorial Discovery®. IGI Global agreed to comply with the COPE core principles of publication ethics as laid out in COPE's "Core Practices."

In 2017, IGI Global was formally recognized by COPE and was offered the opportunity to become a full member, which we gladly accepted. This allows all IGI Global journal Editor(s)-in-Chief to become full members of COPE as well.

Benefits for IGI Global Editors, Authors, and Reviewers

For Any IGI Global Editor, Author, and/or Reviewer

Any IGI Global Editor or Author has access to COPE's resources that will aid in their professional development and editorial leadership growth in academic research and publishing including:

  • Flowcharts
  • Core Practices
  • Best Practice Guidelines
  • Newsletter
  • Cases Database
  • Podcasts of Forum Discussions
  • Retraction Guidelines

For IGI Global Journal Editor(s)-in-Chief

Any Editor-in-Chief of a scholarly journal published by IGI Global receives several exclusive COPE membership benefits including:

  • Free COPE Membership (compared to the regular annual individual membership of approximately US $200).
  • Ability to add that they are a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) to their Curriculum Vitae.
  • Free registration to COPE sponsored events such as workshops, seminars, and webinars.
  • Receive advice on individual cases via the COPE Forum.
  • Access the eLearning Modules for knowledge development.
  • Use the ethical audit tool to see how well their journal matches COPE's guidelines.
  • Use the COPE logo on their journal.
  • Use sample letters to help draft their own when there is potential misconduct.
  • Stand for election to COPE Council.