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As a leading publisher of scholarly journals and books, Cambridge University Press is committed to meeting high standards of ethical behaviour at all stages of the publication process. In our ethical standards and procedures, we set out general expectations for authors, editors, reviewers, publishers and society partners.


We are a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), an organisation that provides advice and resources on all aspects of publication ethics and research and publication misconduct. We also closely follow industry associations such as the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICJME) and the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), which provide best practice recommendations for the conduct and reporting of medical research.

In addition to upholding our overarching ethical standards, individual journals we publish may also adopt specific ethical policies relevant to their research communities. Authors are expected to check the Instructions for Contributors of the relevant journal prior to submission and adhere to any policies regarding ethical standards that are mentioned.


Defining a conflict of interest

Authors submitting to journals at Cambridge University Press are required to declare any potential conflicts of interest. Conflicts of interest are those that could be considered or viewed as exerting an undue influence on the presentation, review and publication of their work. These may be financial, non-financial, professional or personal in nature.