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Wiley's Best Practice Guidelines on Publishing Ethics
Aims and Scope


These guidelines present a comprehensive update to the Wiley publication ethics guidelines first published in 2006.


Our aim for these guidelines remains to support all those involved in scholarly publishing with a summary of best practice guidance from leading organizations around the world. Our guidelines are written for societies, editors, authors, librarians, students, funders, corporations, and journalists. To write this new edition, we recruited contributions from a multidisciplinary and regionally diverse group of experts within and outside Wiley. We hope that our multidisciplinary approach has made these guidelines unique and useful to many. We recognize that different disciplines have different practices and traditions and that one size does not necessarily fit all. Where guidelines have particular application to one discipline or group of disciplines, we have aimed to identify this clearly in the text.


1. Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

Wiley provides membership of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) as an option for all of its journal editors. At the time of writing COPE serves more than 8500 members around the world with practical tools, e-learning, seminars, and much more. Many editors and publishers find COPE's tools indispensable. We have listed specific COPE tools amongst the many ethics resources that are available to editors wherever relevant throughout our guidelines. We have reproduced the COPE flowcharts and sample letters with permission from COPE in full in the print version of these guidelines.


COPE has published two codes of conduct, one for publishers and one for editors:



2. Ethics Helpdesk at Wiley

If you are a Wiley editor or author looking for help then please make your first port of call your Wiley publisher or journal publishing manager. Otherwise, and if your query relates to matters addressed by or related to these guidelines, please contact the Wiley Ethics Helpdesk. The Helpdesk is an email address from which we direct incoming queries to the person at Wiley who has the most appropriate expertise: publication.ethics@wiley.com.


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