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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. Question of paper retraction due to proven fabricated data

  2. Dual publication

  3. Self-plagiarism?

  4. What constitutes authorship?

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 Parallels between unpublished manuscript and a published article from other authors

  6. Possible dual publication

  7. Conflicting claims of intellectual property?

  8. Case of duplicate publication detected after 9 years

  9. Retraction or expression of concern?

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

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  11. Dispute over authorship and usage of research protocol

  12. Author dispute over data presented in paper

  13. A case of child abuse

  14. Falsification of certificates of deposit of new bacterial species in culture collections

  15. Publisher and stakeholder with misaligned conflict of interest policies

  16. Ethics committee waives consent for case report, editor disagrees

  17. Homeoprophylactic treatment of a zoonotic disease

  18. What involvement should a journal have in a dispute about an article published in the journal?

  19. Plagiarism, double submission and reviewer ethicality

  20. Scientist reads published paper by former collaborators and claims co-authorship

  21. Deception in submitting manuscript for publication

  22. Self plagiarism

  23. Is it a breach of confidentiality to send letters to the editor to criticised authors for comment?

  24. Sections of plagiarised text in an e-publication

  25. Alleged unauthorized use of data and possible dual publication