Computer science paper retracted for plagiarism
The Journal of Circuits, Systems and Computers has retracted a 2010 article by a pair of Iranian researchers who put the paper together using previously published work that, simply put, they reconfigured for their own purposes.
The article, “Autonomous Group Testing Based Fault Tolerance in Reconfigurable Logic Devices,” was written (ostensibly, at least) by Javad Sababeh and Karim Mohammadi, of Iran University of Science and Technology, in Tehran.
But according to the retraction notice, much of the paper was taken from work by two computer scientists at the University of Central Florida:
It has been found by the authors of the Compliance & University RIO at the University of Central Florida (UCF) on behalf of Robert DeMara [we think it might be Ronald DeMara] and Carthic Sharma that the concerned paper contains original text, tables, and figures from the sources authored or coauthored by the complaintant. The respondent (Javad Sababeh) rebutted with two emails and stated that he had used the complaintant’s ideas and some text in the source papers. After carefully examining the materials provided by both sides, and considering the weight of evidence available and the request of the office Compliance & University RIO at the UCF, we retract this article.
The study has yet to be cited, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge.