Do as I say, not as I do? Duplication in ethics journal earns author five-year publishing ban
Mohammad Asif Salam earned himself a five-year ban on publishing in a Springer journal after publishing work there that he’d already published elsewhere. Here’s the notice for “Corporate social responsibility in purchasing and supply chain,” a paper which appeared in the Journal of Business Ethics in 2009:
The Editors and publisher regret to report that the paper published by Mohammad Asif Salam as ‘‘Corporate social responsibility in purchasing and supply chain’’ in the Journal of Business Ethics (2009), 85:355–370 is nearly identical to that published earlier by Mohammad Asif Salam as ‘‘Social responsibility in purchasing: the case of Thailand’’ in the International Journal of Procurement Management (2007), 1:97–116. This is a serious violation of publication ethics which according to the Springer Policy on Publishing Integrity warrants a retraction notice to be published in the journal and a ban from publishing ‘‘in any of the journal’s publications for an initial period of 5 years’’.
Alex C. Michalos
Michalos, editor of the journal, was quoting accurately from the Springer policy. We’ve seen a number of duplication retractions from Springer, but none that have mentioned a ban. Perhaps those other authors also earned one, but it just wasn’t included in the notice.
The paper has been cited nine times, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge, while the International Journal of Procurement Management version has yet to be cited.
We’ve tried to reach Asif Salam — who earned a spot in Bangkok’s Assumption University’s Hall of Fame in 2004 — for comment, and will update with anything we learn.
Hat tip: Jane Robbins