Materials scientist will soon be up to 30 retractions

A researcher at Swinburne University of Technology in Australia will soon add three more retractions to his burgeoning count, making 30.

Ali Nazari has lost 27 papers from several journals, as we’ve reported over the past few months. According to an upcoming notice obtained by Retraction Watch, the International Journal of Material Research (IJMR) will be retracting three more:

These papers published in IJMR have significant overlap in terms of identical content and wording with papers published by Ali Nazari et al. in other journals; strikingly the same micrographs and numerical data were used in different papers, albeit discussing different materials (additives).

Citing our previous post, the retraction notice, signed by Editor in chief Eric J. Mittemeijer, continues:

It appears that Ali Nazari et al. have followed a scheme of duplication and falsification. Already more than 27 papers published by Ali Nazari et al. have been retracted by various journals (e.g. see https://retractionwatch.com/2019/09/13/a-publisher-just-retracted-22- articles-and-the-whistleblower-is-just-getting-started/). We sincerely regret that now the above three papers published in IJMR in 2011 have to be added to this list. 

The three papers, all published in 2011, have been cited only a handful of times, according to Clarivate Analytics’ Web of Science.

The journal acted swiftly after being notified by an anonymous whistleblower of the potential duplication on September 25. That anonymous reader has written to several publishers, concerned that Nazari has duplicated his work in more than 100 articles.

Last month, Swinburne told us an investigation involving one of its researchers was ongoing.

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3 thoughts on “Materials scientist will soon be up to 30 retractions”

  1. I see he received a $652,000 Future Fellowship from the Australian Research Council in 2016, presumably at least in part on the basis of these publications.

    1. that is a fellowship that someone else that honestly deserves it, missed out on! and as academics know, a future fellowship can make your career (aka secure you a tenured position). And he also recently was part of an ARC grant! that is again public money and a grant another team missed out on

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