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Additional organizations or resources

This page provides an overview of useful links to additional organizations or resources that operate/are available in the field of publishing and research ethics.

Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

COPE(opens in new tab/window) is a forum for editors of peer-reviewed journals to discuss issues related to the integrity of the scientific record. It supports and encourages editors to report, catalogue and instigate investigations into ethical problems in the publication process.  COPE aims to define best practice in the ethics of scientific publishing and to assist authors, editors, editorial board members, readers, owners of journals and publishers. One of the ways in which it fulfils this mission is by the publication of its Core Practices(opens in new tab/window). COPE first published a set of guidelines in its third year of existence. These guidelines were published as Guidelines on Good Publication Practice(opens in new tab/window). See also About COPE.

Council of Science Editors (CSE)

CSE'(opens in new tab/window)s mission is to promote excellence in the communication of scientific information. CSE's White paper on promoting integrity in scientific journal publications(opens in new tab/window) covers the roles and responsibilities of all parties involved in publishing and identifies research misconduct and guidelines for action.

International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE)

The ICMJE(opens in new tab/window) is a group of general medical journal editors whose participants meet annually and fund their work on the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts (URM) submitted to biomedical journals(opens in new tab/window).

World Association of Medical Editors (WAME)

Established in 1995, WAME(opens in new tab/window) (pronounced “whammy”) is a nonprofit voluntary association of editors of peer-reviewed medical journals from countries around the world who seek to foster international  cooperation among and education of medical journal editors.

Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT)

CONSORT(opens in new tab/window) encompasses various initiatives developed by the CONSORT Group to alleviate the problems arising from inadequate reporting of randomized controlled trials (RCTs).  CONSORT provides standards for randomized trials.

Sense about science

Sense about science(opens in new tab/window) is an independent charitable trust promoting good science and evidence in public debates.

Related Elsevier Connect and Update articles

What counts as prior publication?: Guidelines to help editors determine whether prior research should be considered formally published.

Primer on patient privacy and informed consent(opens in new tab/window): Exploring why informed patient consent is always required to publish a case report or case study.