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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. Possible self-plagiarism and/or prior publication

  2. Institutional review board approval required?

    Case number: 
    14-09
    Year: 
    2014
    Resolution: 
    Case Closed
  3. Institutional review board approval needed?

    Case number: 
    14-08
    Year: 
    2014
    Resolution: 
    Case Closed
  4. Authors’ contributions and involvement by medical communications company

    Case number: 
    14-07
    Year: 
    2014
    Resolution: 
    On-going
  5. Fraud or sloppiness in a submitted manuscript
    Audio

  6. A case with no independent institution to investigate
    Audio

  7. Possible breach of reviewer confidentiality
    Audio

  8. Image manipulation as a general practice

    Case number: 
    14-03
    Year: 
    2014
    Resolution: 
    Case Closed
  9. Coauthor fails to respond to request to confirm coauthorship

    Case number: 
    14-02
    Year: 
    2014
    Resolution: 
    On-going
  10. Potential fabrication of data in primary studies included in a meta-analysis accepted for publication

  11. Online posting of confidential draft by peer reviewer

  12. Identifying patient information published in a figure

  13. Claim of plagiarism in published article

  14. Misattributed authorship and unauthorized use of data

  15. Two reviewer reports contain a significant amount of verbatim textual overlap

    Case number: 
    13-16
    Year: 
    2013
    Resolution: 
    On-going
  16. Ethical concerns about a study involving human subjects

  17. A case of plagiarism?

  18. Omitted author

    Case number: 
    13-12
    Year: 
    2013
    Resolution: 
    Case Closed
  19. A case of salami slicing

  20. Authorship dispute

  21. Retraction update?

    Case number: 
    13-09
    Year: 
    2013
    Resolution: 
    Case Closed
  22. Unusually frequent submission of articles by a single author

  23. New claim to authorship of published paper

  24. Ethical obligation to find reviewers

    Case number: 
    13-06
    Year: 
    2013
    Resolution: 
    Case Closed
  25. Editor as author of a paper

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