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?’

‘This is frankly insulting’: An author plagiarized by a journal editor speaks

The British Journal of Sports Medicine retracted an editorial late last week by Paul McCrory, a former editor of the journal. The publisher has joined the never-ending plagiarism euphemism parade. The retraction notice, which the journal embargoed until today despite having watermarked the editorial’s PDF “retracted” sometime Thursday or Friday, reads: “This article has been … Continue reading ‘This is frankly insulting’: An author plagiarized by a journal editor speaks

Authors whose Springer Nature book was retracted for plagiarism solicit chapters for another

If you had a book retracted for plagiarism, would you submit a book proposal to the same publisher? And if you were that publisher, would you entertain said pitch? These, dear reader, are not idle questions. In 2019, we reported that Springer Nature had retracted a 2017 textbook on tropical deciduous forests by J. S. … Continue reading Authors whose Springer Nature book was retracted for plagiarism solicit chapters for another

‘I needed a publication in order to submit my thesis’: Author admits to stealing a manuscript

Svein Åge K. Johnsen and Ingeborg Olsdatter Busterud Flagstad, of the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, have been trying to publish a manuscript on the psychology of green entrepreneurship. In January 2021, they submitted it to the International Small Business Journal, a SAGE publication. The editors rejected it without sending it to peer review. … Continue reading ‘I needed a publication in order to submit my thesis’: Author admits to stealing a manuscript

‘[T]he authors plagiarised a large amount of text, but…retractions should not be used as a tool to punish authors’

In September 2018, I wrote to the managing editor of FEBS Letters with my concerns about the extensive textual overlap between a 2011 article by Sonia A. Melo and Manel Esteller and other articles, including some that were not cited, such as a 2009 article in the Annual Review of Pathology by Yong Sun Lee … Continue reading ‘[T]he authors plagiarised a large amount of text, but…retractions should not be used as a tool to punish authors’

Authors admit to stealing parts of a paper from a thesis on an unrelated subject

The authors of a paper in a cancer journal have retracted it after acknowledging that parts of it were copied from a thesis about an unrelated topic. Here’s the retraction notice for “Regulation of RUNX3 Expression by DNA Methylation in Prostate Cancer,” originally published in July 2020 in Cancer Management and Research, a Dove title: … Continue reading Authors admit to stealing parts of a paper from a thesis on an unrelated subject

Paper on ‘language reclamation’ and decolonization plagiarized from eight papers, journal acknowledges

Talk about cultural misappropriation.  A cultural studies journal has retracted a 2021 article on storytelling among the Quandamooka people in Australia for widespread plagiarism.  The article, “Reconceptualising a Quandamooka Storyweave of language reclamation,” appeared in the International Journal of Cultural Studies in July and was written by a group led by Sandra Delaney, a scholar … Continue reading Paper on ‘language reclamation’ and decolonization plagiarized from eight papers, journal acknowledges