The Journal of Neuro-Oncology has retracted a 2009 article on brain tumors for what’s clearly plagiarism — but which is called everything but.
The article was titled “Glioma grading: sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values of diffusion and perfusion imaging,” and it came from a group at the Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, in Trivandrum, India.
Here’s the — rather laughable — retraction notice, which dances around the matter about as deftly as a freshman with the prom queen:
This article published in, Volume 94, Issue 1, pages 87–96, DOI 10.1007/s11060-009-9807-6, has been retracted, as it contains portions of other authors’ writings on the same topic in other publications, without sufficient attribution to these earlier works being given. The principal authors of the paper acknowledged that text from background sources was mistakenly used without proper reference to the original source.
Why not simply say plagiarism here? That’s anyone’s guess — but ours is that the editors were content to let the authors come up with their own explanation for events. And this is, unsurprisingly, the end product.
The paper has been cited 51 times, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge.