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Plagiarism leads to retraction of math paper

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springerplusSpringerPlus has retracted a 2012 paper by a pair of Saudi mathematicians who lifted text and figures from previously published articles.

The paper, “On soft expert topological spaces,” appeared in October 2012. According to the retraction notice:

After publication of article [1], we became aware of the fact that sections of this article were taken verbatim without quotation from [2] and [3] listed below. In addition, ‘example 2’ and ‘algorithm 4.1’ as presented in this article are identical to ‘example 3.3’ from [3] and ‘algorithm 4.1’ from [2]. In light of these problems and in consultation with the journal’s Section Editor for Mathematics we have decided to retract this article from SpringerPlus.

The references are

1. Hussain S (2012) On soft expert topological spaces. SpringerPlus 1:42

2. Alkhazaleh S, Salleh AR (2011) Soft Expert Sets. Adv Decis Sci 2011

3. Shabir M, Naz M (2011) On soft topological spaces. Comput Math Appl 61(7):1786-1799

This seems fairly straightforward, although we’re amused by the construction of the notice. Who, exactly, is “we” here? The authors? The journal’s editorial staff?

Written by amarcus41

April 11th, 2013 at 9:30 am