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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. Journal refuses to correct the record

  2. Inadequate assurance of human research ethics for a questionnaire

  3. Confidentiality breach by an associate editor

  4. Concerns about the reliability of findings following re-analysis of a dataset from a published article

  5. Retraction of the first article in the case of duplicate publication

  6. Fraudulent data presented in a manuscript

  7. Serial plagiarism by an experienced author

  8. Submitted paper already published elsewhere

  9. Reprimanded author plagiarizes again

  10. Plagiarism in a book title

  11. Plagiarism of a PhD thesis

  12. How to correct a published paper

  13. Publication of data without permission

  14. A case of duplicate publication

  15. Department notification regarding sensitive topic

    Case number: 
    Case Closed
  16. Complaint regarding letters to the editor

    Case number: 
    Case Closed
  17. Extensive publication errors. Should we 're-publish'?

  18. Anonymity versus author transparency

  19. Compromised peer review (unpublished)

  20. Possible violation of the Helsinki Declaration on Scientific Research with Humans

  21. Duplication of data

  22. Unethical private practice

  23. Authorship dispute

  24. Compromised peer review system in published papers

  25. Meta-analysis: submission of unreliable findings