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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. Plagiarism in a book title

  2. Plagiarism of a PhD thesis

  3. How to correct a published paper

  4. Publication of data without permission

  5. A case of duplicate publication

  6. Department notification regarding sensitive topic

    Case number: 
    12-20
    Year: 
    2012
    Resolution: 
    Case Closed
  7. Complaint regarding letters to the editor

    Case number: 
    12-19
    Year: 
    2012
    Resolution: 
    Case Closed
  8. Extensive publication errors. Should we 're-publish'?

  9. Anonymity versus author transparency

  10. Compromised peer review (unpublished)

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

  12. Duplication of data

  13. Unethical private practice

  14. Authorship dispute

  15. Compromised peer review system in published papers

  16. Meta-analysis: submission of unreliable findings

  17. More than a breach of confidentiality?

  18. Alleged misuse of confidential information

  19. Was this study unethical?

  20. Review of a book written by an editor of a journal

  21. Correcting errors versus privileged information

  22. Accusation of non-attribution of authorship

    Case number: 
    12-04
    Year: 
    2012
    Resolution: 
    Case Closed
  23. Submissions from institutions where misconduct has previously been suspected

  24. How to correct an incorrect decision to publish a flawed paper

  25. Habitual plagiarist

    Case number: 
    12-01
    Year: 
    2012
    Resolution: 
    On-going

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