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

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

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

  4. Multiple publication of research

  5. Duplicate publication

  6. Unethical withdrawal of a paper

  7. Repeated alleged plagiarism in case reports

  8. Failure to ask permission

  9. A case of duplicate publication?

  10. A severe case of plagiarism?

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

  12. Availability of reagents

  13. A breach of intellectual property rights?

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

  15. Confidentiality and consent in case reports

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

  17. Plagiarism in a case report

  18. Simultaneous publication

  19. Duplicate submission

  20. Anonymous peer review – author requesting manuscript file

  21. Publication of papers from industry sponsored symposium

  22. How many “mistakes” are too many?

  23. Dispute among authors

  24. Personal remarks within a post-publication literature forum

  25. Clear case of duplicate publication?