Two solar cell researchers at the University of New South Wales have lost a paper in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews after the discovery of “substantial overlap” with work by a UNSW graduate student.
The notice cites three sources for the plagiarism. One is an unpublished manuscript by UNSW student Matthew Wright, which he shared with the authors of the retracted paper for “research collaboration only.”
The other two are papers that Wright wrote with UNSW professor Ashraf Uddin, who co-authored the retracted paper with UNSW researcher Xiaohan Yang. Yang’s name also appears on one of the plagiarized papers. All of that suggests that the “substantial overlap” includes duplication as well as plagiarism.
According to Wright’s Google Scholar profile, Uddin has been a co-author on every one of his papers, suggesting that Uddin is Wright’s thesis advisor or P.I., though neither Wright nor Uddin responded to our emailed questions.
Here’s the notice for “Effect of thermal annealing on P3HT:PCBM bulk-heterojunction organic solar cells: A critical review”:
This article has been retracted: please see Elsevier Policy on Article Withdrawal (http://www.elsevier.com/locate/withdrawalpolicy).
This article has been retracted at the request of the Editor-in-Chief and with the agreement of the authors.
This article contains substantial overlap with the following sources:
Organic–inorganic hybrid solar cells: A comparative review; Matthew Wright, Ashraf Uddin; Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 107 (2012) 87–111.
Effects of annealing on bulk-heterojunction organic solar cells; Xiaohan Yang, Ashraf Uddin, Matthew Wright; Advanced Science, Engineering and Medicine 4 (2012) 1–7.
An unpublished manuscript by Matthew Wright shared with the author for the purposes of research collaboration only.
We regret that this problem was not detected before the article was accepted for publication in the journal.
The paper, published in February 2014, has yet to be cited, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge.
We reached out to Wright, Uddin, Yang, and the editor of the journal, and will update if we hear back.
Update, 10 a.m. Eastern, 1/9/15: Wright tells us:
Sorry to disappoint, I won’t be commenting on this matter.
Hat tip: Doublegreen