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Yogurt to be kidding me: Five articles plagiarized in one retracted paper

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After typing up 96 citations, researchers from the National Institute for Digestive Diseases, I.R.C.C.S. “S. de Bellis,” in Bari, Italy, apparently ran out of steam for the last five, earning themselves a retraction for plagiarism in a literature review of the effects of probiotics on intestinal cancer.

Here’s the notice for “Intestinal Microbiota, Probiotics and Human Gastrointestinal Cancers,” from the Journal of Gastrointestinal Cancer:

The authors retract this article as it contains large sections of text duplicated from previously published articles, a without proper acknowledgement, including:
Asp, N. G.; Mollby, R.; Norin, L.; Wadstrom, T., 2004 Probiotics in gastric and intestinal disorders as functional food and medicine. Scandinavian Journal of Nutrition 48(1): 15-25
Azcárate-Peril MA, Sikes M, Bruno-Bárcena JM. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2011 Sep; 301(3):G401-24. DOI: 10.​1152/​ajpgi.​00110.​2011. Epub 2011 Jun 23. The intestinal microbiota, gastrointestinal environment and colorectal cancer: a putative role for probiotics in prevention of colorectal cancer?
Bosscher D, Breynaert A, Pieters L, Hermans N. J Physiol Pharmacol. 2009 Dec; 60 Suppl 6:5-11.Food-based strategies to modulate the composition of the intestinal microbiota and their associated health effects.
Davis CD, Milner JA. J Nutr Biochem. 2009 Oct; 20(10):743-52. DOI: 10.​1016/​j.​jnutbio.​2009.​06.​001. Epub 2009 Aug 27. Gastrointestinal microflora, food components and colon cancer prevention.
Gianotti L, Morelli L, Galbiati F, Rocchetti S, Coppola S, Beneduce A, Gilardini C, Zonenschain D, Nespoli A, Braga M. World J Gastroenterol. 2010 Jan 14; 16(2):167-75. A randomized double-blind trial on perioperative administration of probiotics in colorectal cancer patients.
The authors accept full responsibility for the duplication and apologize to the Editor and readers, as well as to the authors of the original articles.
The paper has been cited three times, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge.
Comments
  • Prof Darrel Francis July 22, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Do you guys at RW pre plan brilliant puns for every imaginable key word? Like newspapers and television stations preparing obituaries in advance for all ailing celebrities, just to be ready in time?

    Or do intrinsically jibeworthy topics come under more intense scrutiny of integrity and their papers therefore more frequently coming undone?

    Or are these spontaneous witticisms ?

    We should be told.

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