Research integrity

The Springer Nature Editorial Advisory Group (SNEAG) oversees editorial standards and policies across all brands, acting to ensure consistency with sector best practice. SNEAG works closely with the Springer Nature Research Integrity Group (SNRIG) which supports editors to resolve publication ethics issues in a COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics)-compliant manner. 

Concerns: to report an integrity or ethics issue related to Springer Nature content, please contact the relevant product. Contact details can be found on journal- and book-specific websites.

Springer Nature Research Integrity Team

The SNRIG takes a positive and proactive approach to preventing and addressing errors and misconduct. They work to raise awareness of best practice and ethical conduct in research, investigate unethical practices, provide training and investigation resources, act as an advisory service for staff and editors, and audit Springer Nature’s own editorial practices and policies. The Director of the SNRIG is Chris Graf.


Chris Graf


Issue Handling

This branch of the SNRIG handles reported issues across the whole of Springer Nature that require the input of research integrity experts. This branch comprises:

  • Tim Kersjes,
    Research Integrity Manager
  • Maja Choma, Pauline Starley,
    Senior Research Integrity Advisers
  • Elizabeth Debney, Svetlana Kleiner, Greta Lazutkaite, Laura Whitehead,
    Research Integrity Advisers

Ensuring the integrity of our publications

At Springer Nature ensuring the quality of what we publish is imperative. Watch the video to find out more about the process we follow when an issue has been detected on a manuscript.


Springer Nature and its journals are members of COPE (the Committee On Publication Ethics).  COPE’s primary mission is educational; it is an advisory body, not a regulator. There are more than 12,500 COPE members from 103 countries. Springer Nature’s Research Integrity Director, Chris Graf, was one of the first co-chairs of COPE. Our Research Integrity Group works closely with COPE to help them develop new educational resources

COPE membership helps differentiate legitimate journals from the increasing number of predatory and poor-quality outlets. It is one of the indicators of quality used by important third parties such as Clarivate Analytics (for Journal Impact Factor) and indexers (e.g. Web of Science, Scopus, Google Scholar, PubMed). Maintaining COPE membership depends on adhering to the best-practice standards that they set. 

In addition to the COPE Core Practices, there are flowcharts and Guidelines which help Editors solve common editorial problems. COPE also supports book editors with issues related to publication ethics.


Springer Nature publishes many books and journals devoted to research ethics and integrity, including:

Publishing ethics for journals

Find further information on editorial policies and standards for Springer Nature journals on our specific imprint sites.