Sunday, 5 March 2017

Cases | Committee on Publication Ethics: COPE


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, the database also includes follow-up information and about
outcome, and podcasts are available for most of the newer cases. 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.

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. Satire in scholarly publishing

  2. Would the loss of a clinical licence in one country impact on the ability to do clinical work in another?

  3. Is it plagiarism to use text verbatim from a manuscript review?

  4. Data manipulation and institute’s internal review

  5. When to conclude correspondence from reader about errors in a published article

  6. Authorship dispute regarding author order

  7. Submission of an already published case report

  8. Suspected unattributed text in a published article

  9. Case histories and post publication debate

  10. Publication of post-doctoral work

    Case number: 

  11. Withdrawal of accepted manuscript from predatory journal

  12. Institutional investigation of authorship dispute

  13. Author accused of stealing research and publishing under their name

  14. Request by organisation to retract article and publish expression of concern

  15. Authorship dispute and possible unreported protocol amendment

  16. Author requests permission to publish review comments

    Case number: 
    Case Closed

  17. Author of rejected paper publicly names and criticises peer reviewer

  18. What extent of plagiarism demands a retraction vs correction?

  19. The role of the lead author

    Case number: 
    Case Closed

  20. Parental consent for participants

  21. Paper B plagiarised paper A: what to do if a journal does not respond?

  22. Low risk study with no ethics committee approval

  23. Author requests for certain experts not to be included in the editorial process

  24. Publication of expression of concern

  25. Data anonymity

Cases | Committee on Publication Ethics: COPE

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