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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. Profusion of copied text passages

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

  3. Requesting authorship after publication

  4. Author impersonating corresponding author without knowledge of coauthors

  5. Handling self-admissions of fraud

  6. Duplicate publication and removal of article

  7. Suspected image manipulation involving four journals

  8. Author disagreement regarding article corrections

  9. Authorship dispute

  10. Ethics committee approval

  11. Revoked parental consent

  12. Reviewer requests to be added as an author after publication

  13. The ethics of self-experimentation

  14. Institution alleges that paper includes fabricated data

  15. Plagiarized figure

  16. Author disagreement blocks submission

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

  18. Possible self-plagiarism and/or prior publication

  19. Institutional review board approval required?

  20. Institutional review board approval needed?

  21. Authors’ contributions and involvement by medical communications company

  22. Fraud or sloppiness in a submitted manuscript

  23. A case with no independent institution to investigate

  24. Possible breach of reviewer confidentiality

  25. Image manipulation as a general practice