Plagiarism of textbooks, encyclopedia leads to physics retraction
Here’s the notice:
It has come to the attention of the European Physical Journal Plus that the article “Crystal’s anisotropic properties and tensor representation: a discussion” by E. Talebian and M. Talebian, Eur. Phys. J. Plus 126, 128 (2011), should not have been published because it reproduces some work already published in:
– A.R. Verma, O.N. Srivastava, Crystallography Applied To Solid State Physics (New Age International, 1991) Chapt. 7;
– G. Bassani, G. Liedl, P. Wyder (Editors), Encyclopedia of Condensed Matter Physics (Elsevier, 2005) pp. 300–309;
– E. Fjær, R.M. Holt, A.M. Raaen, P. Risnes, P. Horsrud, Petroleum Related Rock Mechanics, second edition (Elsevier, 2008).
Consequently, this paper has been retracted by the European Physical Journal Plus and should not be cited or referred to in the future.
The 2011 paper has yet to be cited, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge.
The Bassani entry from the Encyclopedia of Condensed Matter Physics is actually cited in the paper, but we’re guessing the authors didn’t use quotation marks or some other way to mark the material. (The PDF has been taken offline). Ehsan Talebian’s response to our request for comment suggests the other problems were minor, too:
…we do not agree with the retraction. Because we used some sentences and change it, so the sentences are not the same. It can be corrected by add some needed references.
If you’re wondering, “Plus” is one of a number of European Physical Journal titles.