Authors “regretfully” retract genomics paper for plagiarism
Authors of a 2012 article in the Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology have retracted it for plagiarism.
The article, “Progress of genome wide association study in domestic animals,” came from a group of chicken geneticists in China affiliated with the Ministry of Agriculture in Harbin and Northeast Agricultural University, in the same city.
According to the retraction notice:
Progress of genome wide association study in domestic animals” published in Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology 2012 (3:26), is regretfully retracted by the authors due to substantial textual overlap with previously published sources. We apologize to all affected parties for the inconvenience.
Finding passages of “textual overlap” isn’t difficult manually — and would have been even easier with detection software, which makes us wonder whether any such screening occurred.
From the JASB paper:
Lavender foal syndrome (LFS) is a lethal inherited disease of horses that has a suspected autosomal recessive mode of inheritance.
From Brooks et al in PLoS Genetics, published in 2010:
Lavender Foal Syndrome (LFS) is a lethal inherited disease of horses with a suspected autosomal recessive mode of inheritance.
The authors do reference the Brooks article, but after a subsequent sentence describing the findings of the previous study. Similar examples appear throughout the article — which, while not making what the researchers did right, indicates that they may not have understood it to be plagiarism since, at least in the instances we observed, they did cite their sources.