Cases

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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.

Disclaimer:
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. New claim to authorship of published paper

  2. Ethical obligation to find reviewers

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

  4. Findings of a published trial called into question by a subsequent audit of trial conduct

  5. Ethical concerns and the validity of documentation supplied by the authors

  6. Change in author’s name after publication

    Case number: 
    13-02
    Year: 
    2013
    Resolution: 
    Case Closed
  7. Paper submitted for publication without consent or knowledge of co-authors

  8. Journal refuses to correct the record

  9. Inadequate assurance of human research ethics for a questionnaire

  10. Confidentiality breach by an associate editor

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

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

  13. Fraudulent data presented in a manuscript

  14. Serial plagiarism by an experienced author

  15. Submitted paper already published elsewhere

  16. Reprimanded author plagiarizes again

  17. Plagiarism in a book title

  18. Plagiarism of a PhD thesis

  19. How to correct a published paper

  20. Publication of data without permission

  21. A case of duplicate publication

  22. Department notification regarding sensitive topic

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

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

  25. Anonymity versus author transparency

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