Yesterday, we reported that Peter Zabel, managing director of Germany’s Research Center Borstel, had stepped down amid allegations that he had duplicated one of his German papers in English. It turns out, however, that the reason for his resignation was plagiarism of a 2008 paper in Nature Reviews Immunology by a group at the University of Michigan.
Laborjournal reports (see update at end) that long passages of text, and three figures, in a 2009 article by Zabel and Hans-Peter Hauber in Der Internist are very similar to material in the Nature Reviews Immunology paper. According to an email to Laborjournal from the head of academic publishing at Springer, which publishes Der Internist:
We were already informed by Professor Zabel of the duplicate publication in “Der Internist” involving an article from Nature Reviews Immunology. As a consequence, retraction of this article was initiated two days ago and furthermore Professor Zabel has announced that he will resign from the editorial board of “The Internist”.
We are very sorry for this to happen.
Zabel’s 2009 paper has been cited 3 times, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge. We’ll continue to update as we hear more.