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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. Duplicate publication or salami publication?

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

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

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

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

  6. Paper published that is a verbatim copy of another published one by another author

  7. Multiple publication of research

  8. Duplicate publication

  9. Unethical withdrawal of a paper

  10. Repeated alleged plagiarism in case reports

  11. Failure to ask permission

  12. A case of duplicate publication?

  13. A severe case of plagiarism?

  14. An article in a high profile journal that potentially misappropriates research published in lower impact journals

  15. Availability of reagents

  16. A breach of intellectual property rights?

  17. A(uthor) vs C(omplainant) authorship dispute

  18. Confidentiality and consent in case reports

  19. Author did not see reviews or revisions to the manuscript and did not give approval for publication

  20. Plagiarism in a case report

  21. Simultaneous publication

  22. Duplicate submission

  23. Anonymous peer review – author requesting manuscript file

  24. Publication of papers from industry sponsored symposium

  25. How many “mistakes” are too many?

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