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Ethical publication has always been a main concern for editors of scientific journals worldwide. Since many journals in the region are currently facing ethical problems related to publication misconducts,the necessity for holding a congress to educate editors and staff of medical journals is felt more than before. The international Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) is currently the most important organization in presenting ethical approaches and guidelines in scientific publication. COPE provides advice to editors and publishers on all aspects of publication ethics and,in particular,how to handle cases of research and publication misconduct.

The first International Congress on Publication Ethics was successfully held as a joint collaboration between the Iranian Society of Medical Editors, COPE,and Shiraz University of Medical Sciences in November 2011.The second International Congress on Publication Ethics will be scientific partnership between COPE and Shiraz University of Medical Sciences on 4-5 December 2014,in Shiraz. We hereby appreciate the presence of all individuals working in the field of scientific medical publication as well as those interested in ethical approaches to scientific publication.