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All the cases COPE has discussed since 1997 are here in a searchable database. We have over 500 cases, with the advice given by the COPE Forum (COPE members) or by COPE Council (designated with a “C” case number) and, for some cases, 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 or by filtering your inquiry by core practice. The COPE Case Taxonomy gives more detail of COPE's classifications and keywords. 

We encourage members to look at the database before submitting a case to the Forum or to COPE Council to see if similar cases have already been discussed. Please note that advice is specific to the particular case under consideration and may not necessarily be applicable to similar cases either past or future.

The cases are brought by COPE members to the Forum (or to Council) and are discussed between all the participants of the Forum (or members of the Council). The notes in each case reflect the discussion that took place. The advice from the Forum participants (or from Council) is provided back to the member who brought the case, 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. Would the loss of a clinical licence in one country impact on the ability to do clinical work in another?

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

  3. Data manipulation and institute’s internal review

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

  5. Authorship dispute regarding author order

  6. Submission of an already published case report

  7. Suspected unattributed text in a published article

  8. Case histories and post publication debate

  9. Publication of post-doctoral work

  10. Withdrawal of accepted manuscript from predatory journal

  11. Institutional investigation of authorship dispute

  12. Author accused of stealing research and publishing under their name

  13. Request by organisation to retract article and publish expression of concern

  14. Authorship dispute and possible unreported protocol amendment

  15. Author requests permission to publish review comments

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    Case Closed
  16. Author of rejected paper publicly names and criticises peer reviewer

  17. What extent of plagiarism demands a retraction vs correction?

  18. The role of the lead author

  19. Parental consent for participants

  20. Paper B plagiarised paper A: what to do if a journal does not respond?

  21. Low risk study with no ethics committee approval

  22. Author requests for certain experts not to be included in the editorial process

  23. Publication of expression of concern

  24. Data anonymity

  25. Publication of a manuscript on an external website after acceptance but prior to journal publication