All of the cases COPE has discussed since its inception in 1997 have been entered into a searchable database. This database now contains over 400 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 clasification or keyword using either the search field (top left) or by filtering your inquiry using the years and clasifications/keywords listed below. A more detailed explanation of the clasifications 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.

The clasifications and keywords have been assigned to help users search the database. They do not necessarily indicate that a particular form of publication misconduct has occurred. Therefore, the clasifications and keywords should not be regarded as an indication of how often particular types of publication problems occur or a judgment on a specific case.

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.

All cases must be submitted via the website. To submit a case, you need to login to the COPE website with your COPE member username and password. Then go to SUBMIT A CASE. If you experience any problems please contact the COPE Administrator.