Plagiarism flushes sanitation paper
Two scientists in India have had a paper retracted after it became clear they had plagiarized a study by a Swedish researcher. Here’s the notice for “A conceptual model of people’s approach to sanitation,” from Science of the Total Environment:
This article has been retracted: please see Elsevier Policy on Article Withdrawal (http://www.elsevier.com/locate/withdrawalpolicy).
This article has been retracted at the request of the Editors.
The authors have plagiarized part of a paper that had already appeared in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 25 (2005), Pages 335–346. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2005.07.003. One of the conditions of submission of a paper for publication is that authors declare explicitly that their work is original and has not appeared in a publication elsewhere. Re-use of any data should be appropriately cited. As such this article represents a severe abuse of the scientific publishing system. The scientific community takes a very strong view on this matter and apologies are offered to readers of the journal that this was not detected during the submission process.
The paper has been cited seven times, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge. The paper the authors plagiarized, “A psychosocial analysis of the human-sanitation nexus,” from the Journal of Environmental Psychology, has been cited 10 times.
Hat tip: Alex Bond