About these ads

Retraction Watch

Tracking retractions as a window into the scientific process

Archive for the ‘plagiarism’ Category

What was behind an oddly-worded dental retraction? The authors stole someone’s thesis

with one comment

Image via Tambako

Image via Tambako

A dentistry journal has retracted a paper after discovering the research was lifted from dissertation work by two people unrelated to the paper authors.

Here’s the notice for “Treatment of mandibular angle fracture with a 2 mm, 3-dimensional rectangular grid compression miniplates: A prospective clinical study“: Read the rest of this entry »

About these ads

Written by Cat Ferguson

October 30, 2014 at 2:25 pm

“Our real intention was to emphasize, not plagiarize”

with one comment

joms.13692132This one’s not a retraction, but rather a back and forth of letters to the editor concerning accusations of plagiarism.

Dentists Bryan and Paul Jacobs, a father and son team, wrote a paper describing a novel surgical technique in March 2013. In October 2013, several Croatian dentists published their own paper using the technique.

A year later, the story has gotten a little more interesting. The November issue of the Journal of Oral and Mixillofacial Surgery, which published the second article, has two letters. One, from the Jacobses, accuses the Croatian authors of plagiarism. The second is a response from author Dragana Gabrić Pandurić, claiming “our real intention was to emphasize, not plagiarize, their work.”

Here’s the letter from Bryan and Paul Jacobs (paywalled): Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Cat Ferguson

October 27, 2014 at 9:30 am

Ripping off someone else’s thesis sinks paper on chicken temperatures

with 5 comments

ISB_IJBProof that people will plagiarize anything they think they can get away with: a Brazilian scientist plagiarized a masters’ student’s thesis on the surface temperature of chickens.

We spoke with International Journal of Biometeorology editor-in-chief Scott Sheridan about the case: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Cat Ferguson

October 14, 2014 at 9:30 am

Blatant plagiarism sinks paper (and earns a sabbatical!) for mathematician

with 8 comments

Image via Akash Kataruka

Image via Akash Kataruka

You know it’s a good one when it makes it onto the Wikipedia page for “scientific misconduct.”

On April 21, the International Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics retracted two 2008 papers by scientist Alexander Spivak of Holon Institute of Technology in Israel. In September, the journal updated the notice to explain why: The papers both contained copy/pasted chunks from a 2001 paper by Spivak’s post-doc boss at Tel Aviv University, Zeev Schuss, and two other authors.

The tipster seems to have been Schuss himself, who told us about his role in the unravelling of the fraud: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Cat Ferguson

October 7, 2014 at 9:30 am

Arizona prof plagiarizes student’s thesis, gets reprimanded, but keeps her job

with 13 comments

Susannah Dickinson, University of Arizona

Susannah Dickinson, via University of Arizona

An architecture professor at the University of Arizona has been sanctioned — lightly — for plagiarizing from the thesis of one of her masters’ students.

According to a report in the Arizona Daily Star, the professor, Susannah Dickinson: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Adam Marcus

October 1, 2014 at 9:30 am

Author of alcohol paper retracted for plagiarism defends copy-and-paste strategy

with 9 comments

nmlogoThe authors of a paper retracted for plagiarism of a popular website have decided not to take the charges — which they don’t contest — lying down.

Here’s the notice for “Alcohol consumption and hormonal alterations related to muscle hypertrophy: a review,” which appeared in Nutrition & Metabolism, a BioMed Central title: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

September 30, 2014 at 9:30 am

Economics paper retracted for plagiarism after citing its twin

with 2 comments

econmodAs we’ve pointed out before, economics and business journals have few retractions compared with the other academic literature. Opinions vary on why this is, but the fact that only a few journals have plagiarism policies can’t help.

Research Papers in Economics, or RePEc, an organization that maintains a database of economics papers, however, thoroughly investigates accusations of misconduct. A RePEc report, which indicated that the plagiarists were polite enough to cite the original paper, was used in the notice as evidence for a retraction in Economic Modelling.

Here’s the notice for “Retraction notice to “Analysis of nonlinear duopoly game with heterogeneous players”: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Cat Ferguson

September 19, 2014 at 9:30 am


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 35,954 other followers