Forbidden fruit: apple pomace paper retracted for plagiarism

foodbioprodprocThe journal Food and Bioproducts Processing has retracted a 2012 article on apple pomace — the remnants of a pressed fruit — by a group from India.

The reason? Turns out the paper “Utility of apple pomace as a substrate for various products: A review,” fell a little to close to the tree.

Here’s the retraction notice:

This article has been retracted at the request of the Editor-in-Chief.

The authors have plagiarized part of a paper that had already appeared in J. Food Sci. Technol. 47 (2010) 365–371.

One of the conditions of submission of a paper for publication is that authors declare explicitly that their work is original and has not appeared in a publication elsewhere. Re-use of any data should be appropriately cited. As such this article represents a severe abuse of the scientific publishing system. The scientific community takes a very strong view on this matter and apologies are offered to readers of the journal that this was not detected during the submission process.

Neither of the two authors on the plagiarized paper appears on the list of authors for the offending article. So, no claim of duplication — aka the inelegantly termed “self-plagiarism” — could apply.

The now-retracted paper has yet to be cited, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge.

0 thoughts on “Forbidden fruit: apple pomace paper retracted for plagiarism”

  1. As both papers are review paper, so before retracting the paper,authors should have been asked to cite the references of used material.

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