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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.

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. Retract, correct, or both?

  2. Suspect author

  3. Plagiarism of published paper

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

  5. Suspicion of breach of proper peer reviewer behaviour

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

  7. Author non-disclosure by editor in chief

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

  9. Supervisor publishes PhD students work

  10. Question of paper retraction due to proven fabricated data

  11. Dual publication

  12. Self-plagiarism?

  13. What constitutes authorship?

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 Parallels between unpublished manuscript and a published article from other authors

  15. Possible dual publication

  16. Conflicting claims of intellectual property?

  17. Case of duplicate publication detected after 9 years

  18. Retraction or expression of concern?

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

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  20. Dispute over authorship and usage of research protocol

  21. Author dispute over data presented in paper

  22. A case of child abuse

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

  24. Publisher and stakeholder with misaligned conflict of interest policies

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