Last week, we brought you the story of Thong Duc Le and his colleagues, physicists who were forced to retract four papers, including one that cited, as we noted “their own study that had already been retracted for plagiarism.”
The team has now retracted three more papers:
- “Strong limit on Δα/α from the analysis of feII absorp-tion line multiplets,” from Natural Science
- “New test for cosmological time variation of thefine-structure constant from the analysis of quasarspectra,” also from Natural Science
- “Studying Cosmological Time Variability of the Fine-Structure Constant from the Analysis of Quasar Spectra,” from Journal of Modern Physics
The notices all read the same way, with the last sentence changed to refer to the study in question:
The article has been retracted due to the investigation of complaints received against it. The substantial portions of the text came from Le Duc Thong’s former article, “New method of searching for cos-mological time variation of the fine-structure constant”, which has also been retraced by Prog. Theor. Phys. because of plagiarism. The scientific community takes a very strong view on this matter and we treat all unethical behavior such as plagiarism seriously. This paper published in Vol.2 No.6 533-537, 2011, has been removed from this site.
That brings the total to seven, which our math-0riented physicist readers probably worked out on their own.