Editor in chief steps down after being found plagiarizing in her own journal
Imagine you were a cop, sitting in your squad car at the side of the road with a radar gun, when you clock someone speeding. You turn on your lights, pull the speedster over to the side of the road, and walk to her driver’s side window.
Just as you say “Driver’s license and registration, please,” you realize the driver is your squad captain. Oops.
That must have been something like what it was like — with plagiarism detection software sitting in for the radar gun — for the co-editor-in-chief of Diabetology & Metabolic Syndrome when he realized that Marilia de Brito Gomes, the other co-editor-in-chief, had published two papers in their journal that contained plagiarized passages.
Here’s the notice for “Historical facts of screening and diagnosing diabetes in pregnancy:”
- Negrato C, Gomes M: Historical facts of screening and diagnosing diabetes in pregnancy. Diabetol Metabol Syndr 2013, 5:22. BioMed Central Full Text
- Mestman JH: Historical notes on diabetes in pregnancy. Endocrinologist 2002, 12:224-242. Publisher Full Text
- Lynn PL, et al.: Hyperglycaemia and Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes (HAPO) Study: An Overview. In Gestational Diabetes Before and After Pregnancy. Chapter 2 edition. Edited by Kim C, Ferrara A. London: Springer; 2011:17-34.
- Mukesh A: Evolution of Screening and Diagnostic Criteria for GDM Worldwide. In Gestational Diabetes Before and After Pregnancy. Chapter 3 edition. Edited by Kim C, Ferrara A. London: Springer; 2011:35-49.
And here’s the notice for “Low birth weight: causes and consequences:”
This article  has been retracted by the Editor due to extensive overlap with a number of different previously published articles.
Negrato C, Gomes M: Low birth weight: causes and consequences.
Gomes is no longer co-editor-in-chief; the journal now lists her as founding editor. Springer, which ons BioMedCentral, the journal’s publisher, tells Retraction Watch that switch was related to the two retractions.
Unlike the fictional police officer who was cited for speeding, neither of the papers has been cited yet, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge.
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