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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. Falsified references

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

  3. Authorship dispute

  4. Lack of acknowledgement of contributor

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

  6. Retract, correct, or both?

  7. Suspect author

  8. Plagiarism of published paper

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

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  10. Suspicion of breach of proper peer reviewer behaviour

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

  12. Author non-disclosure by editor in chief

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

  14. Supervisor publishes PhD students work

  15. Question of paper retraction due to proven fabricated data

  16. Dual publication

  17. Self-plagiarism?

  18. What constitutes authorship?

  19. Parallels between unpublished manuscript and a published article from other authors

  20. Possible dual publication

  21. Conflicting claims of intellectual property?

  22. Case of duplicate publication detected after 9 years

  23. Retraction or expression of concern?

  24. Concerns over research by an author in numerous, separate publications

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  25. Dispute over authorship and usage of research protocol