Publishing ethics

In an age of information abundance it is critical to help users to distinguish quality verified information from everything else.  Wiley is committed to supporting robust peer review and ethical standards in publishing and as such we work to educate researchers, authors, contributors, reviewers, and editors on understanding and delivering those standards, in partnership with others.

Wiley's Ethics Guidelines

In 2014, Wiley released the Best Practice Guidelines on Publishing Ethics: A Publisher's Perspective, Second Edition.  This is an update to the guidelines published by Wiley in 2006, which established a benchmark for ethical standards in publishing, a commitment underlined further with the launch of the Wiley Ethics Helpdesk, to assist editors as and when issues emerged.  The new Guidelines continue to provide guidance, resources, and practical advice on ethical concerns that arise in academic publishing for editors, authors, researchers and other audiences.


COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) provides advice to editors and publishers on all aspects of publication ethics and, in particular, how to handle cases of research and publication misconduct. It also provides a forum for its members to discuss individual cases and encourages editors to ensure that cases are investigated by the appropriate authorities (usually a research institution or employer). All COPE members, including Wiley, follow the Code of Conduct for Journal Editors.


CrossCheck is an initiative started by CrossRef to help its members actively engage in efforts to prevent scholarly and professional plagiarism.  CrossCheck provides a continuously growing database of current and archival scholarly literature to screen against and a tool which compares authored work against the content in the database, highlighting matching or similar text for further editorial review.

Sense about Science

Sense about Science is a charitable trust that equips people to make sense of scientific and medical claims in public discussion.  Working in partnership with scientific bodies, publishers, including Wiley, policy makers, the public and the media, it aims to change public discussions about science and evidence, particularly in the areas of health and medicine, energy, food, weather and climate, radiotion, and chemicals.  Sense about Science produces a number of resources which highlight the importance of Peer Review, including a short guide and a comprehensive pack of education tools.

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