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

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  2. Dispute over authorship and usage of research protocol

  3. Author dispute over data presented in paper

  4. A case of child abuse

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

  6. Publisher and stakeholder with misaligned conflict of interest policies

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

  8. Homeoprophylactic treatment of a zoonotic disease

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

  10. Plagiarism, double submission and reviewer ethicality

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

  12. Deception in submitting manuscript for publication

  13. Self plagiarism

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

  15. Sections of plagiarised text in an e-publication

  16. Alleged unauthorized use of data and possible dual publication

  17. Provenance of a correction: undisclosed court case involvement

  18. Pedigree descriptions: genotyping results for family members

  19. Duplicate submission

  20. Ethics and consent in research

  21. Possible plagiarism

  22. Authors bearing gifts …

  23. Reviewer misconduct?

  24. The ethics of using privileged information

  25. HIV homeopathy