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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. Deception in submitting manuscript for publication

  2. Self plagiarism

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

  4. Sections of plagiarised text in an e-publication

  5. Alleged unauthorized use of data and possible dual publication

  6. Provenance of a correction: undisclosed court case involvement

  7. Pedigree descriptions: genotyping results for family members

  8. Duplicate submission

  9. Ethics and consent in research

  10. Possible plagiarism

  11. Authors bearing gifts …

  12. Reviewer misconduct?

  13. The ethics of using privileged information

  14. HIV homeopathy

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

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

  17. Duplicate publication or salami publication?

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

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

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

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

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

  23. Multiple publication of research

  24. Duplicate publication

  25. Unethical withdrawal of a paper

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