Your bad: Journal yanks paper for plagiarism and duplication, and points fingers
Here’s a warning to would-be plagiarizers: Don’t submit to the journal Molecules unless you have no problem being called out by name when you’re busted.
Consider: The journal is retracting a paper it published earlier this year after learning that the article contained verbatim text — and lots of it — from previously published papers.
The article, “Cytotoxicity and Anti-Inflammatory Activity of ethylsulfanyltriazoloquinazolin,” was written by a group that included Amira M. Gamal-Eldeen, of the National Research Center in Cairo, Egypt. Why single out Dr. Gamal-Eldeen, you ask? Read for yourself:
We have been made aware of the fact that a large proportion of the Introduction section and corresponding references of the title paper  had been copied verbatim from an earlier paper by Hamdy and Gamal-Eldeen , and further, during our investigation it has also come to light that most of the text in question had been lifted unchanged from an even earlier review paper by a different group . The authors have been contacted, these facts confirmed, and Dr. Amira M. Gamal-Eldeen has been identified as the person responsible for contributing that part of the paper.
As a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), MPDI takes very seriously the responsibility to enforce a rigorous peer-review process together with strict ethical policies and standards to ensure the addition of high quality scientific works to the field of scholarly publication. In addition to an infringement of the Elsevier and American Association for Cancer Research copyright on the previous publications, this is also a clear violation of our policy to only publish new, previously unpublished material, so this paper is declared retracted and shall be marked accordingly for the scientific record. We cannot comment on any of the scientific data contained in the Molecules paper, which to the best of our knowledge is original.
We would like to apologize to our readership on behalf of the Molecules editorial team for the fact this event went undetected during the peer-review and pre-publication processing of the paper and for any inconvenience caused by this event.
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2. Hamdy, N.H.; Gamal-Eldeen, A.M. New Pyridone, Thiopyridine, Pyrazolopyridine and Pyridine Derivatives that Modulate Inflammatory Mediators in Simulated RAW 264.7 Murine Macrophage. Eur. J. Med. Chem. 2009, 44, 4547–4556.
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