Studies in Conflict & Terrorism has retracted a 2013 article about Boko Haram, the Nigerian extremist group accused of massacres and, recently, the kidnapping of approximately 276 schoolgirls in that country.
Here’s the notice, which pretty much says it all:
Studies in Conflict & Terrorism acknowledges that the accepted research note titled, “The Trilogy Links: JAMBS (Ansaru), Boko Haram and AQIM in Nigeria”, by Oluwaseun Bamidele, which was published as an Author’s Accepted Manuscript, of the journal inappropriately contained verbatim taken material from, and also failed to acknowledge as source, the following article:
Zenn, Jacob, “Cooperation or Competition: Boko Haram and Ansaru After the Mali Intervention”, CTC Sentinel (Combating Terrorism Center, West Point), vol. 6, no. 3 (March 2013), pp. 1-8. http://www.ctc.usma.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/CTCSentinel-Vol6 Iss3.pdf
The Editor-in-Chief apologies unreservedly to the author of the above article, Jacob Zenn, and to the CTC Sentinel, for this violation of scholarly convention—as well to readers of Studies in Conflict & Terrorism both for publishing the plagiarized material in the research note and failing to detect this transgression during the editorial process.
The author of the research note that inappropriately incorporated research and writing done by Mr. Zenn has now written to the Editor-in-Chief to accept responsibility, and apologize for, this act of plagiarism. The letter sent to Studies in Conflict & Terrorism is appended immediately below.
Studies in Conflict & Terrorism
The notice includes an apology from Bamidele:
Letter from Oluwaseun Bamidele:
I hereby write in respect to the acquisition on plagiarism of Jacob Zenn Publication titled “Cooperation or Competition: Boko Haram and Ansaru After the Mali Intervention”.
I humbly apologized that I inadvertently incorporated work that was not my own in my article and failed to properly cite or acknowledge that work.
Thank you for your heartfelt understanding and consideration.
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