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

  2. Fraudulent data presented in a manuscript

  3. Serial plagiarism by an experienced author

  4. Submitted paper already published elsewhere

  5. Reprimanded author plagiarizes again

  6. Plagiarism in a book title

  7. Plagiarism of a PhD thesis

  8. How to correct a published paper

  9. Publication of data without permission

  10. A case of duplicate publication

  11. Department notification regarding sensitive topic

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

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

  14. Anonymity versus author transparency

  15. Compromised peer review (unpublished)

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

  17. Duplication of data

  18. Unethical private practice

  19. Authorship dispute

  20. Compromised peer review system in published papers

  21. Meta-analysis: submission of unreliable findings

  22. More than a breach of confidentiality?

  23. Alleged misuse of confidential information

  24. Was this study unethical?

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