Retraction for water researchers who ripped off dissertation
A pair of engineers at Hohai University in Nanjing, China, has lost their 2012 paper in the Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics. The reason: The article, “Study of the New Leon model for concrete failure,” wasn’t theirs to publish.
According to the retraction notice (which is dated September 2013 but has already appeared in ScienceDirect):
This article has been retracted at the request of the Editor-in-Chief.
- The first two authors (Xu Juncai and Shen Zhenzhong) submitted the article without informing the third author (Bernhard Valentini) and added his name as co-author without his permission.
- The article contains several pages that were copied from the Ph.D. thesis entitled ‘A three-dimensional constitutive model for concrete and its application to large scale finite element analysis’ by Bernhard Valentini (Univ. Innsbruck, 2011), without making any reference to it.
We couldn’t find any evidence that Xu and Shen crossed academic paths with Valentini, whose email address at Innsbruck seems to be defunct. That suggests a few possibilities: That the two Chinese researchers stole from Valentini but gave him unwitting credit — either because they didn’t really intend to steal his intellectual property or because they felt that doing so would mean they weren’t really stealing after all.
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(The authors would like to acknowledge W. Faulkner for his assistance in preparing this manuscript, and for other editorial help.)