“Copyright violation” fells tapeworm paper
Here’s what we’re talking about:
A group of researchers from Khammam, India has lost their October 2012 paper in the Journal of Parasitic Diseases because they’d published the same article elsewhere. The paper was titled “Oro-facial cysticercosis : a rare presentation,” and described the case of a patient with a pork tapeworm infestation of the mouth.
According to the retraction notice:
This article has been retracted due to copyright violation.
Copyright violation usually implies duplication, and in these instances it’s usually easy to find the duplicated article. Not so here. We see several papers on similar tapeworm cases, but none from the same authors, jointly or severally. Which makes us wonder whether this truly is just a “copyright violation” after all.
We’ve asked the relevant parties for more details, and will update with anything we learn.