Earlier this year we reported on the case of Bernardino Saccomanni, an apparently shameless plagiarist with a fondness for publishing in the orthopedics literature.
Somehow, we’re not surprised to learn that Saccomanni may not have been totally above board in other ways, too.
According to Robert Lindsay, editor of Osteoporosis International, whose journal has retracted one of Saccomanni’s plagiarized manuscripts, the researcher’s stated affiliation on several recent papers — Gabriele D’ Annunzio University Chieti — had long ago severed ties with him:
We wrote to the Dean of Faculty of Medicine at the University “G. d’Annunzio” of Chieti in response to the report sent to him about Saccomanni. Saccomanni provided this institution as his affiliation for many of his plagiarised submissions, although not the OI submission. According to the Dean, Saccomanni has not been at the University for “many” years, although he does not provide details. He claims they are going to take legal procedures to caution Saccomanni against the use of affiliation in future.