Associations and Partners

American Acne and Rosacea Society (AARS)

The American Acne and Rosacea Society (AARS), a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization founded by practicing clinical dermatologists and dedicated to elevating the understanding and treatment of acne and rosacea.  Our mission consists of providing a forum for the exchange of information about acne and rosacea and their treatment, offering educational information to our members, as well as increasing awareness among the dermatology medical community about these dermatologic conditions.


The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) was established in 1997 by a small group of medical journal editors in the UK but now has over 6000 members worldwide from all academic fields. Membership is open to editors of academic journals and others interested in publication ethics.

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. It also provides a forum for its members to discuss individual cases (meeting four times a year in the UK and once a year in North America). COPE does not investigate individual cases but encourages editors to ensure that cases are investigated by the appropriate authorities (usually a research institution or employer).

All COPE members are expected to follow the Code of Conduct for Journal Editors. COPE will investigate complaints that members have not followed the Code.

COPE also funds research on publication ethics, publishes a quarterly newsletter and organises annual seminars in the UK and the USA. COPE has also created an audit tool for members to measure compliance with its Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.


The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) represents the interests of open access journal and book publishers internationally. The association aims to support their members through the exchange of information, setting standards, advancing and advocating open access models, educating and promoting innovation in relation to open access in scholarly publishing.

International Society of Vascular Health (ISVH)

The primary aim of the ISVH is the achievement of high levels of vascular health in individuals and the population as a whole. The ISVH  welcomes participation and membership from a range of disciplines and interests. The aim is to catalyse cooperation between the medical profession, health educators, the pharmaceutical, diagnostic and general health care professionals to actively promote vascular health and wellbeing. 

Updated 25 September 2015