A journal did nothing about plagiarism allegations for a year. Then the tweets (and an email from Retraction Watch) came.

On August 10 of last year, Jim Stagge, an environmental engineering professor at The Ohio State University, emailed editors of Water Resources Management, a Springer Nature title, to let them know that a paper in the journal had taken significant blocks of his text without attribution. The Water Resources Management paper in question, “Recommendations for … Continue reading A journal did nothing about plagiarism allegations for a year. Then the tweets (and an email from Retraction Watch) came.

How a tweet sparked an investigation that led to a PhD student leaving his program

Leslie McIntosh, like many other denizens of Science Twitter, saw a tweet from a pseudonymous account in mid-March that bemoaned a journal’s lack of action after the owner of the account reported “an obvious case of plagiarism.” The owner of the account had found a paper that ripped off one by his or her own … Continue reading How a tweet sparked an investigation that led to a PhD student leaving his program

More than a year ago, an editor agreed a paper should be retracted. It hasn’t been.

Eighteen months after the editor in chief of a Springer Nature journal received allegations of plagiarism – and more than a year after the editor apparently decided to retract it – the article remains intact and the journal’s investigation has not yet concluded.  The paper, “Robotic Standard Development Life Cycle in Action,” was published in … Continue reading More than a year ago, an editor agreed a paper should be retracted. It hasn’t been.

Author demands a refund after his paper is retracted for plagiarism

The author of a 2021 paper in a computer science journal has lost the article because he purportedly stole the text from the thesis of a student in Pakistan – a charge he denies.  According to the editors of Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience, a Hindawi title, Marwan Ali Albahar, of Umm Al Qura University College … Continue reading Author demands a refund after his paper is retracted for plagiarism

An Elsevier book plagiarizes an abstract published by…Elsevier

Elsevier plans to remove the introduction from a book on mineralogy after investigating allegations of plagiarism, including from another Elsevier publication, according to emails obtained by Retraction Watch.  Photo Atlas of Mineral Pseudomorphism by J. Theo Kloprogge and Robert Lavinsky, was published in 2017 and still appears to be for sale for $100 for a … Continue reading An Elsevier book plagiarizes an abstract published by…Elsevier

A stolen manuscript, part two: The plagiarist begs for forgiveness as another group plagiarizes the same work

In 2019, we wrote about a reviewer who stole a manuscript and published it under his own name. Today, we bring you the sequel. The sequel involves a plea for forgiveness after the plagiarized paper was retracted, and a second allegation of stealing work – which has prompted the target of the plagiarism to wonder … Continue reading A stolen manuscript, part two: The plagiarist begs for forgiveness as another group plagiarizes the same work

UNC-Chapel Hill vice chancellor resigns post after admitting to plagiarism

Terry Magnuson, the vice chancellor for research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s medical school, has resigned from that post two days after the U.S. Office of Research Integrity said that he had admitted to plagiarizing text in an NIH grant application. As we reported March 8, Magnuson “engaged in research misconduct … Continue reading UNC-Chapel Hill vice chancellor resigns post after admitting to plagiarism

UNC-Chapel Hill vice chancellor admits to plagiarism

The vice chancellor for research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s medical school has admitted to plagiarizing text in an NIH grant application, according to a U.S. federal watchdog. Terry Magnuson, who serves as the  Kay M. & Van L. Weatherspoon Eminent Distinguished Professor of Genetics at UNC-Chapel Hill as well as … Continue reading UNC-Chapel Hill vice chancellor admits to plagiarism

Sports medicine researcher Paul McCrory requests another retraction

A high-profile sports medicine researcher who earlier this week had an editorial he wrote while editor of the British Journal of Sports Medicine retracted has asked for another of his articles to be retracted, Retraction Watch has learned. On Monday, we published a guest post by Steve Haake, whose work the former editor, Paul McCrory, … Continue reading Sports medicine researcher Paul McCrory requests another retraction

Was leading sports medicine researcher’s plagiarism ‘an isolated and unfortunate incident?’

Earlier this week, we wrote about a case of plagiarism in the British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM) involving a highly credentialed researcher and Australian Football League consultant who’d cribbed roughly half of an article from another scholar.  The researcher, Paul McCrory, has still not responded to our requests for comment. But in an email … Continue reading Was leading sports medicine researcher’s plagiarism ‘an isolated and unfortunate incident?’