“Major overlap” forces retraction of osteoporosis paper

j adv nursThe Journal of Advanced Nursing has retracted a 2006 paper by a group of authors in Hong Kong who lifted much of the text from a previous article of theirs in a competing publication.

The article, “Osteoporosis prevention education programme for women,” came from Moon Fai Chan and C.Y. Ko in the School of Nursing at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Per the abstract:

The findings suggest the value of creative approaches in future health education for the prevention of osteoporosis, and the need for a critical appraisal of current strategies and a re-evaluation of services and funding.

We suppose one “creative” approach isn’t to recycle one’s own work.

According to the retraction notice:

The above article, published online on 20 March 2006 in Wiley Online Library (wileyonlinelibrary.com), has been retracted by agreement between the authors, the journal Editor in Chief and John Wiley & Sons Ltd. The retraction has been agreed following an investigation carried out by the National University of Singapore due to major overlap with another article:

Chan M.F., Ko C.Y. and Day M.C. (2005) The effectiveness of an osteoporosis prevention education programme for women in Hong Kong: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Clinical Nursing 14: 1112–1123. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2005.01224.x

Chan’s email bounced back as undeliverable. We couldn’t find contact information for Ko.

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  1. The research work of this retracted article has been used in the master thesis of the second author: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/4658

    The first author, Moon Fai Chan (Tony), is currently the Associate Master and Chief of Students of the Lui Che Woo College of the University of Macau: https://lcwc.rc.umac.mo/associate-master-and-chief-of-students-dr-moon-fai-chan-tony/

    Chan has another article retracted earlier: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/nhs.12164/abstract This duplicated article was submitted when Chan was affiliated to Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies of the National University of Singapore, while the original article was submitted when he was the assistant professor at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The research was funded by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC) Competitive Earmarked Research Grant with an amount of HK$711,108.

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