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Models for rolling out cultural change in the medical editors’ community: the COPE model

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Presentation by Virginia Barbour, Australian Open Access Strategy Group, to the AHMEN meeting on 19 June 2017 in Sydney, Australia

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Models for rolling out cultural change in the medical editors’ community: the COPE model

  1. 1. Models for rolling out cultural change in the medical editors’ community: the COPE model Ginny Barbour, Director, AOASG Immediate past Chair, COPE
  2. 2. Membership organisation that provides advice and education on publication ethics More than 11,000 journals, plus publishers and individual members 103 countries – Algeria to Zimbabwe Overseen by an elected Council and Trustees and run by a small staff Freely available resources, meetings, forums
  3. 3. COPE’s core mission: “to educate and support; our remit and approach is firmly in the direction of influencing through better education, resources and support of our members, alongside the fostering of a professional debate. It is our mission over the next few years to build on this with the aim to move the culture of publishing towards one where ethical practices become the norm, part of the culture itself, not something imposed from outside.” COPE Strategic plan 2016-2018 https://publicationethics.org/files/u7140/StrategicPlan2016_2018.pdf
  4. 4. Three core principles: Providing practical resources to educate and support our members Providing leadership in thinking on publication ethics Offering a neutral, professional voice in current debates COPE brings together key groups in the scholarly publishing process and helps them to share their knowledge and ideas – to ensure “ethical practices become part of the culture itself” COPE Strategic plan 2016-2018 https://publicationethics.org/files/u7140/StrategicPlan2016_2018.pdf
  5. 5. How COPE functions Membership organisation Advice and support to members of how to handle their own cases Core to this are the cases, presented at forums Was - in one room in London – 20 people Now – online, global
  6. 6. Future challenges • Keeping sense of community in virtual world • Helping diverse members respond to new and evolving issues • Defining role in ecosystem of resources and forums

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