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All of the cases COPE has discussed since its inception in 1997 have been entered into a searchable database. This database now contains over 500 cases together with the advice given by COPE. For more recent cases, the database also includes follow-up information and about outcome, and podcasts are available for most of the newer cases. We hope this database will provide a valuable resource for editors and those researching publication ethics.

You can search by classification or keyword using either the search field (top left) or by filtering your inquiry using the years and classifications/keywords listed below. A more detailed explanation of the classifications and keywords can be found on the COPE Case Taxonomy page.

We encourage members to look at the database before submitting a case to the Forum to see if similar cases have already been discussed and to see the format used for presenting cases. However, please note that advice from the COPE Forum meetings is specific to the particular case under consideration and may not necessarily be applicable to similar cases either past or future.

COPE accepts no liability for any loss or damage caused or occasioned as a result of advice given by them or by any COPE member. Advice given by COPE and its members is not given for the purposes of court proceedings within any jurisdiction and may not be cited or relied upon for this purpose.

  1. Suspected unattributed text in a published article

  2. Case histories and post publication debate

  3. Publication of post-doctoral work

    Case number: 
    16-18
    Year: 
    2016
    Resolution: 
    On-going
  4. Withdrawal of accepted manuscript from predatory journal

  5. Institutional investigation of authorship dispute

  6. Author accused of stealing research and publishing under their name

  7. Request by organisation to retract article and publish expression of concern

  8. Authorship dispute and possible unreported protocol amendment

  9. Author requests permission to publish review comments

    Case number: 
    16-13
    Year: 
    2016
    Resolution: 
    Case Closed
  10. Author of rejected paper publicly names and criticises peer reviewer

  11. What extent of plagiarism demands a retraction vs correction?

  12. The role of the lead author

    Case number: 
    16-20
    Year: 
    2016
    Resolution: 
    Case Closed
  13. Parental consent for participants

  14. Paper B plagiarised paper A: what to do if a journal does not respond?

  15. Low risk study with no ethics committee approval

  16. Author requests for certain experts not to be included in the editorial process

  17. Publication of expression of concern

  18. Data anonymity

  19. Publication of a manuscript on an external website after acceptance but prior to journal publication

  20. Multiple redundant submissions from the same author

  21. Disclosure and transparency issue

  22. Reviewer concerns about transparency of peer review process

    Case number: 
    16-03
    Year: 
    2016
    Resolution: 
    Case Closed
  23. Attempt to supress legitimate scientific results

  24. Profusion of copied text passages

  25. Inability to contact an author to obtain permission to publish

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