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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. Homeoprophylactic treatment of a zoonotic disease

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

  3. Plagiarism, double submission and reviewer ethicality

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

  5. Deception in submitting manuscript for publication

  6. Self plagiarism

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

  8. Sections of plagiarised text in an e-publication

  9. Alleged unauthorized use of data and possible dual publication

  10. Provenance of a correction: undisclosed court case involvement

  11. Pedigree descriptions: genotyping results for family members

  12. Duplicate submission

  13. Ethics and consent in research

  14. Possible plagiarism

  15. Authors bearing gifts …

  16. Reviewer misconduct?

  17. The ethics of using privileged information

  18. HIV homeopathy

  19. Concern about reporting of a trial and also its DSMB

  20. Has formal ethical approval been granted that satisfies publication criteria?

  21. Duplicate publication or salami publication?

  22. Suspected contact between reviewer and an author led to coauthorship of the reviewer

  23. Possible serial misconduct in relation to coauthors and other activities

  24. An authorship dispute and a question about when a paper is considered published

  25. Advice regarding a weird type of content and its authorship