Initiative gets under way to help scientific editors regulate themselves

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 30 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1006
  1. Caroline White
  1. London

    A code of conduct has been issued for scientific journal editors in a bid to help them regulate their own conduct and prevent abuses of editorial power.

    The code was presented to delegates at the annual seminar of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), held in London last week, following a slew of examples of misconduct by journal editors.

    The move comes amid signs that regulatory, professional, and educational bodies in the United Kingdom are at last beginning to recognise the need for action to tackle biomedical research misconduct in the round.

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