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Korean journal bans author for three years for plagiarism

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journal-of-the-korean-data-and-information-science-societyA  journal in Korea has banned a researcher from submitting papers for three years after an investigation found evidence of plagiarism.

The retraction notice for “Goodness-of-fit tests for a proportional odds model,” which appears in the Journal of the Korean Data and Information Science Society, cites an investigation by an academic ethics committee, but it’s unclear where this review panel was based. 

Since the original retraction notice is in Korean, we’ve got it translated by One Hour Translation. It reads:

Following the Academic Ethics Committee’s suspicion of plagiarism and investigation regarding a paper published in the Korean Data & Information Science Society (1465-1475, Volume 24, 6th Edition, 2013), an ethics review panel has determined that a serious case of plagiarism of a publication in Statistics in Medicine (2235-2249, Volume 32) may have occurred. In accordance with the administrative guidelines of the Code of Research Ethics and the National Research Foundation of Korea, we advise implementing the following corrective actions:  

  • Removing all academic journal articles pertaining to the publication in question (KCI Korean Journal and academic journal homepage)  
  • 3-year submission ban on author effective immediately

Notice of details related to academic journal homepage, as well as particulars regarding information applicable to the National Research Foundation of Korea.

The journal is not indexed by Thomson Reuters Web of Science.

We’ve reached out to the study’s author, Hyun Yung Lee, who is based at Kyung-Sung University in Busan, South Korea, for further details.

We’ve also contacted the journal for more information about the ethics committee’s investigation, and to ask if any other studies related to this paper will also be pulled (as the translated version of the notice implies).

We’ll update the post with anything else we learn.

Hat tip: Rolf Degen

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