Cases

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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, we also include follow-up information and outcome. 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.

All of the cases are brought by specific members to the Forum and are discussed between all the participants of the Forum. The notes below reflect the discussion that took place. The advice from the Forum participants is provided back to the member who brought the case to the Forum but the final decision on handling the case lies with the member editor and/or publisher. 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. Paper submitted for publication without consent or knowledge of co-authors

  2. Journal refuses to correct the record

  3. Inadequate assurance of human research ethics for a questionnaire

  4. Confidentiality breach by an associate editor

  5. Concerns about the reliability of findings following re-analysis of a dataset from a published article

  6. Retraction of the first article in the case of duplicate publication

  7. Fraudulent data presented in a manuscript

  8. Serial plagiarism by an experienced author

  9. Submitted paper already published elsewhere

    Case number: 
    12-27
    Year: 
    2012
    Resolution: 
    On-going
  10. Reprimanded author plagiarizes again

    Case number: 
    12-26
    Year: 
    2012
    Resolution: 
    On-going
  11. Plagiarism in a book title

    Case number: 
    12-25
    Year: 
    2012
    Resolution: 
    On-going
  12. Plagiarism of a PhD thesis

  13. How to correct a published paper

  14. Publication of data without permission

  15. A case of duplicate publication

  16. Department notification regarding sensitive topic

    Case number: 
    12-20
    Year: 
    2012
    Resolution: 
    Case Closed
  17. Complaint regarding letters to the editor

    Case number: 
    12-19
    Year: 
    2012
    Resolution: 
    Case Closed
  18. Extensive publication errors. Should we 're-publish'?

  19. Anonymity versus author transparency

    Case number: 
    12-17
    Year: 
    2012
    Resolution: 
    Case Closed
  20. Compromised peer review (unpublished)

  21. Possible violation of the Helsinki Declaration on Scientific Research with Humans

  22. Duplication of data

  23. Unethical private practice

  24. Authorship dispute

  25. Compromised peer review system in published papers

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