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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. Reviewer requests to be added as an author after publication

  2. The ethics of self-experimentation

  3. Institution alleges that paper includes fabricated data

  4. Plagiarized figure

  5. Author disagreement blocks submission

  6. Possible omission of information essential for conclusions in a research paper

    Case number: 
    14-11
    Year: 
    2014
    Resolution: 
    On-going
  7. Possible self-plagiarism and/or prior publication

  8. Institutional review board approval required?

    Case number: 
    14-09
    Year: 
    2014
    Resolution: 
    Case Closed
  9. Institutional review board approval needed?

    Case number: 
    14-08
    Year: 
    2014
    Resolution: 
    Case Closed
  10. Authors’ contributions and involvement by medical communications company

    Case number: 
    14-07
    Year: 
    2014
    Resolution: 
    On-going
  11. Fraud or sloppiness in a submitted manuscript
    Audio

  12. A case with no independent institution to investigate
    Audio

  13. Possible breach of reviewer confidentiality
    Audio

  14. Image manipulation as a general practice

    Case number: 
    14-03
    Year: 
    2014
    Resolution: 
    Case Closed
  15. Coauthor fails to respond to request to confirm coauthorship

    Case number: 
    14-02
    Year: 
    2014
    Resolution: 
    On-going
  16. Potential fabrication of data in primary studies included in a meta-analysis accepted for publication

  17. Online posting of confidential draft by peer reviewer

    Case number: 
    13-15
    Year: 
    2013
    Resolution: 
    Case Closed
  18. Identifying patient information published in a figure

    Case number: 
    13-19
    Year: 
    2013
    Resolution: 
    On-going
  19. Claim of plagiarism in published article

    Case number: 
    13-18
    Year: 
    2013
    Resolution: 
    On-going
  20. Misattributed authorship and unauthorized use of data

    Case number: 
    13-17
    Year: 
    2013
    Resolution: 
    Case Closed
  21. Two reviewer reports contain a significant amount of verbatim textual overlap

    Case number: 
    13-16
    Year: 
    2013
    Resolution: 
    On-going
  22. Ethical concerns about a study involving human subjects

    Case number: 
    13-14
    Year: 
    2013
    Resolution: 
    On-going
  23. A case of plagiarism?

    Case number: 
    13-13
    Year: 
    2013
    Resolution: 
    Case Closed
  24. Omitted author

    Case number: 
    13-12
    Year: 
    2013
    Resolution: 
    Case Closed
  25. A case of salami slicing

    Case number: 
    13-11
    Year: 
    2013
    Resolution: 
    On-going

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