“Complete copies” earn physicists in Malaysia a pair of retractions
The physics journal Pramana — a publication of the Indian Academy of Sciences — has retracted two studies by a group of researchers in Malaysia who appear to have cobbled together their papers from other sources.
The 2007 articles came from A.R.M. Yusoff, M.N. Syahrul and K. Henkel, of the University Science Malaysia, in Penang. One was titled “High resolution transmission electron microscope studies of a-Si:H solar cells,” and the other, “Hydrogenated nanocrystalline silicon germanium thin films.” The retraction notices are identical, and read:
This paper has been withdrawn by Pramana as the editors have determined that the material presented in this paper is a complete copy of the material which has been published by other authors in other journals and reports.
Neither of the studies has been cited, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge.