Not-smart moves in “smart homes” paper prompt retraction
We’re guessing a group of researchers from Serbia is kicking themselves over missing that memo.
The researchers, from Singidunum University in Belgrade, published a 2012 paper in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews titled “Challenges of information and communication technology in energy efficient smart homes.” The work was supported by a grant from the Serbian government.
But according to a new retraction notice:
This article has been retracted at the request of the Editor-in-Chief.
The article duplicates significant paragraphs of various internet sources as well as copied paragraphs from published papers. Re-use of any data should be appropriately cited. As such this article represents a severe abuse of the scientific publishing system. The scientific community takes a very strong view on this matter and apologies are offered to readers of the journal that this was not detected during the submission process.
We can’t find the original paper, but a quick search of the abstract turns up at least one instance of text that’s too close for comfort with a previously published paper. The Serbian group wrote:
A smart home in the smart grid is the latest addition to a family of ideas emerging in relation to the ICT usage in the home.
Googling that sentence leads to a 2011 paper by two Danish scientists in the proceedings of the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy:
We claim that the smart home in the smart grid is the latest addition to a family of ideas emerging in relation to the application of information and communication technologies (ICT) in the home.