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Writing and publishing

Authors and publishers have power and need to exercise that power responsibly. So do those who support the writing and publishing process such as transcribers, translators, and editors. This section offers ethical advice relevant to writing and to publishing in its broadest sense, from conventional academic publishing to self-publishing.

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A COPE STUDY (2019):

Exploring Publication Ethics Issues in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) is a non-statutory body which aims to provide practical publication ethics guidance for journal editors working in all research disciplines. COPE was first conceived by an editor of a specialist medical journal at the BMJ Publishing Group but has since grown to become a fully multidisciplinary organisation. As a result of perceptions within COPE that some members not in Science Technology and Medicine(STM) disciplines might not consider COPE to be as relevant, in early 2019 COPE, with the support of Routledge (part of the Taylor & Francis Group),commissioned primary research to better understand the publication ethics landscape for editors working on journals within the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The research used a two-stage methodology: first exploring the issues qualitatively via two online focus groups with a diverse group of journal editors from the arts, humanities, and social sciences, before creating and disseminating an online survey.