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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. Undisclosed conflict of interest

  2. Retrospective registration, outcome switching and ethical approval

  3. Licence for a published scale

  4. Editor and reviewers requiring authors to cite their own work

  5. Dispute between two authors

  6. License for using a published scale

  7. Unethical withdrawal after acceptance to maximize the 'impact factor'?

  8. Service evaluation as research in a controversial area of medicine

  9. Stolen article

  10. Consequence for dual submission

  11. Ethics of non-active management of a control group

  12. Pre-publication in a discussion paper series

  13. Authorship issues from disbanded consortium

  14. Unhelpful institution report

  15. Withdrawal request by an author

  16. Potential figure manipulation with corresponding author uncontactable

  17. Authorship dispute unsatisfactorily resolved by institution

  18. Withdrawing from authorship

  19. Editor found guilty of research misconduct

  20. Lead author of a research paper disagrees with content of a linked editorial

  21. Satire in scholarly publishing

  22. Would the loss of a clinical licence in one country impact on the ability to do clinical work in another?

  23. Is it plagiarism to use text verbatim from a manuscript review?

  24. Data manipulation and institute’s internal review

  25. When to conclude correspondence from reader about errors in a published article