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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. Possible conflict of interest

  2. Plagiarism of reviewer's work

  3. Author of rejected letter blames global bias against his message and undisclosed conflicts of interest

  4. Duplicated gel images

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

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  6. Questionable ethics related to clinical trial raised by peer-reviewer

  7. Submissions from members of the editorial board

  8. Author misconduct

  9. Authorship order dispute

  10. Nuisance author

  11. Breach of peer review confidentiality

  12. No ethics committee approval of a study

  13. Falsified references

  14. Claim from an author that his name should not have been included as author on a paper

  15. Authorship dispute

  16. Lack of acknowledgement of contributor

  17. A claim of stolen data and a demand for retractions

  18. Retract, correct, or both?

  19. Suspect author

  20. Plagiarism of published paper

  21. Is it unethical to reject unregistered (or late-registered) trials?

  22. Suspicion of breach of proper peer reviewer behaviour

  23. The ethics of drug/medication use evaluation audit cycles and publication of the results

  24. Author non-disclosure by editor in chief

  25. Inadequate reporting of a trial, despite earlier rejection from a different journal