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. Lack of acknowledgement of contributor

    Case number: 
    10-23
    Year: 
    2010
    Resolution: 
    Case Closed
  2. A claim of stolen data and a demand for retractions

    Case number: 
    10-22
    Year: 
    2010
  3. Retract, correct, or both?

    Case number: 
    10-12
    Year: 
    2010
    Resolution: 
    Case Closed
  4. Suspect author

    Case number: 
    10-13
    Year: 
    2010
    Resolution: 
    On-going
  5. Plagiarism of published paper

    Case number: 
    10-20
    Year: 
    2010
    Resolution: 
    On-going
  6. Is it unethical to reject unregistered (or late-registered) trials?

    Case number: 
    10-17
    Year: 
    2010
    Resolution: 
    Case Closed
  7. Suspicion of breach of proper peer reviewer behaviour

    Case number: 
    10-26
    Year: 
    2010
    Resolution: 
    Case Closed
  8. The ethics of drug/medication use evaluation audit cycles and publication of the results

    Case number: 
    10-11
    Year: 
    2010
    Resolution: 
    Case Closed
  9. Author non-disclosure by editor in chief

    Case number: 
    10-10
    Year: 
    2010
    Resolution: 
    Case Closed
  10. Inadequate reporting of a trial, despite earlier rejection from a different journal

    Case number: 
    10-15
    Year: 
    2010
    Resolution: 
    Case Closed
  11. Supervisor publishes PhD students work

    Case number: 
    10-14
    Year: 
    2010
    Resolution: 
    Case Closed
  12. Question of paper retraction due to proven fabricated data

    Case number: 
    10-16
    Year: 
    2010
    Resolution: 
    Closed: author misconduct
  13. Dual publication

    Case number: 
    10-21
    Year: 
    2010
    Resolution: 
    Closed: author misconduct
  14. Self-plagiarism?

    Case number: 
    10-18
    Year: 
    2010
    Resolution: 
    On-going
  15. What constitutes authorship?

    Case number: 
    10-19
    Year: 
    2010
    Resolution: 
    Case Closed
  16. Parallels between unpublished manuscript and a published article from other authors

    Case number: 
    10-24
    Year: 
    2010
    Resolution: 
    On-going
  17. Possible dual publication

    Case number: 
    10-08
    Year: 
    2010
    Resolution: 
    Case Closed
  18. Conflicting claims of intellectual property?

    Case number: 
    10-03
    Year: 
    2010
    Resolution: 
    On-going
  19. Case of duplicate publication detected after 9 years

    Case number: 
    10-01
    Year: 
    2010
    Resolution: 
    Closed: author misconduct
  20. Retraction or expression of concern?

    Case number: 
    10-05
    Year: 
    2010
    Resolution: 
    Case Closed
  21. Concerns over research by an author in numerous, separate publications

    Case number: 
    10-06
    Year: 
    2010
    Resolution: 
    On-going
  22. Dispute over authorship and usage of research protocol

    Case number: 
    10-07
    Year: 
    2010
    Resolution: 
    Case Closed
  23. Author dispute over data presented in paper

    Case number: 
    10-04
    Year: 
    2010
    Resolution: 
    Case Closed
  24. A case of child abuse

    Case number: 
    10-02
    Year: 
    2010
    Resolution: 
    Case Closed
  25. Falsification of certificates of deposit of new bacterial species in culture collections

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