Jeffrey Beall, a scholarly librarian perhaps known best for his list of possible predatory journals, has convinced one of those journals to retract a paper for plagiarism.
Here’s the notice: from the Journal of Advances in Internal Medicine, the official journal of the Society of Internal Medicine of Nepal.
It was brought to our attention that the article, “Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy for Heart Failure” JAIM | volume 01 issue 02 | July-December 2012 page 65, contains this passage in its introduction: “Heart failure is a clinical syndrome resulting from a structural and functional disorder of the heart that impairs the ability of the ventricles to fill with or eject blood to fulfil the demands of the body, or does so in expense of increased filling pressures.” Unfortunately, this passage is not attributed and was taken from an earlier publication: http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/9780203089965.001. There are additional instances of plagiarism in the article. Given the weight of evidence offered in the report by Jeffrey Beall (Associate Professor, Scholarly Initiatives Librarian, Auraria Library, University of Colorado Denver, 1100 Lawrence Street, Denver, Colorado 80204 USA), the article has been retracted from the journal.
Here’s the journal’s stance on plagiarism:
JAIM defines plagiarism as whenever an author uses another person’s exact words, they must be placed in quotation marks and a citation must be given. The reader of an article in JAIM must know which words are the author’s and which belong to someone else. Even documents in the public domain, such as government documents, must be attributed to their source.
The author’s copying of her or his own previously published material: duplicate publication or “selfplagiarism.” If an author has published an article in Journal A, she or he may not send the same article with a
few minor adjustments to Journal B. Nor may she or he take verbatim portions of the first article without quotation marks for use in a second article. Each publication should contain fresh writing, even if there is nothing new to report on the topic.
Kindly check the plagiarism before submitting the paper. Authors are encouraged to use iThenticate to screen their work before submission by visiting www.ithenticate.com.