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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. Lost raw data

    Case number: 
    11-19
    Year: 
    2011
    Resolution: 
    Case Closed
  2. Seeking retrospective ethics approval

  3. Disagreement between authors and sponsor

  4. Is this previous publication?

    Case number: 
    11-14
    Year: 
    2011
    Resolution: 
    On-going
  5. Case of figure duplication and manipulation involving two journals

  6. An enquiry about arbitrating reviewers

    Case number: 
    11-12
    Year: 
    2011
    Resolution: 
    Case Closed
  7. Lack of trial registration leads to new concerns about study conduct and ethical review/approval

  8. Duplicate publication and alleged image manipulation

  9. Mislabelling/duplicate images

  10. Late introduction of an omitted author after online publishing

  11. Retractions of primary literature papers: how should a review journal react?

  12. WAME case

  13. Data fabrication, lack of ethical approval, withdrawal of paper and publication in another journal

  14. Possible conflict of interest

    Case number: 
    11-04
    Year: 
    2011
    Resolution: 
    Case Closed
  15. Plagiarism of reviewer's work

    Case number: 
    11-03
    Year: 
    2011
    Resolution: 
    Case Closed
  16. Author of rejected letter blames global bias against his message and undisclosed conflicts of interest

  17. Duplicated gel images

  18. Author of rejected letter to the editor blames global bias against his message and undisclosed conflicts of interest

    Case number: 
    Year: 
    2010
    Resolution: 
    On-going
  19. Questionable ethics related to clinical trial raised by peer-reviewer

  20. Submissions from members of the editorial board

  21. Author misconduct

  22. Authorship order dispute

    Case number: 
    10-35
    Year: 
    2010
    Resolution: 
    Case Closed
  23. Nuisance author

  24. Breach of peer review confidentiality

  25. No ethics committee approval of a study

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