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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. Attempt to supress legitimate scientific results

  2. Profusion of copied text passages

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

  4. Requesting authorship after publication

  5. Author impersonating corresponding author without knowledge of coauthors

  6. Handling self-admissions of fraud

  7. Duplicate publication and removal of article

  8. Suspected image manipulation involving four journals

  9. Author disagreement regarding article corrections

  10. Authorship dispute

  11. Ethics committee approval

    Case number: 
    15-07
    Year: 
    2015
    Resolution: 
    Case Closed
  12. Revoked parental consent

    Case number: 
    15-09
    Year: 
    2015
    Resolution: 
    Case Closed
  13. Reviewer requests to be added as an author after publication

  14. The ethics of self-experimentation

  15. Institution alleges that paper includes fabricated data

  16. Plagiarized figure

  17. Author disagreement blocks submission

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

    Case number: 
    14-11
    Year: 
    2014
    Resolution: 
    Case Closed
  19. Possible self-plagiarism and/or prior publication

  20. Institutional review board approval required?

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

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

    Case number: 
    14-07
    Year: 
    2014
    Resolution: 
    On-going
  23. Fraud or sloppiness in a submitted manuscript
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  24. A case with no independent institution to investigate
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  25. Possible breach of reviewer confidentiality
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