Plagiarism makes renewable energy paper unsustainable

rserHere’s a lesson for would-be authors of papers on power supplies:

Energy = Renewable; Journal articles = Not renewable

Too late for a group of engineers in Iran who borrowed too liberally from previously published work in their 2013 article in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews.

The paper, “A review of energy storage systems in microgrids with wind turbines,” reported that:

Installing energy storage systems (ESS) for wind turbines power can bring many benefits to both power grids and wind power developers. Considering stochastic nature of wind, electric power generated by wind turbines is highly erratic and may affect both the power quality and the planning of power systems. ESS should play a key role in wind power applications by controlling wind power plants output and providing ancillary services to the power system, and therefore, enabling an increased penetration of wind power in the system. This article deals with the review of various storage systems for wind power applications. The main objectives of the article are the introduction of the operating principles, the presentation of the main characteristics of energy storage systems suitable for stationary applications, and the definition and discussion of potential ESS applications in wind power, according to an extensive literature review.

That might have sounded familiar to the editors of the journal. After all, in May 2012 they’d published “A review of energy storage technologies for wind power applications,” by a group from Spain.

Here’s the abstract from the plagiarized article:

Due to the stochastic nature of wind, electric power generated by wind turbines is highly erratic and may affect both the power quality and the planning of power systems. Energy Storage Systems (ESSs) may play an important role in wind power applications by controlling wind power plant output and providing ancillary services to the power system and therefore, enabling an increased penetration of wind power in the system. This article deals with the review of several energy storage technologies for wind power applications. The main objectives of the article are the introduction of the operating principles, as well as the presentation of the main characteristics of energy storage technologies suitable for stationary applications, and the definition and discussion of potential ESS applications in wind power, according to an extensive literature review.

So it’s not surprising that we now see this:

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

The article duplicates significant parts of a paper that had already appeared in, A review of energy storage technologies for wind power applications, 16 (4) (2012) 2154–2171, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2012.01.029.

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.

Although the researchers certainly deserve to lose their article, we think the journal ought to take steps to improve the way it screens manuscripts for plagiarism. Winds of change, and all…

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