Researcher Forced to Retire Over Plagiarism Allegations

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Apr 1, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Dr. Zaid Mahmood, a professor at Punjab University’s (PU) Institute of Chemistry, which is located in Pakistan, has been forced to retired after a ruling from the PU Syndicate, which found that Mahmood had plagiarized in earlier works.

The case began in 2011 when another professor atthe Institute ofChemistry filed a complaint against Dr. Mahood saying that he had plagiarized in several research articles. An inquiry committee was formed and it compared Dr. Mahmood’s work to its original sources and found that most of the material was plagiarized.

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Plagiarism Allegations Chill Promising Stem Cell Research

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Mar 20, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Dr. Haruko Obokata recently became the talk of the stem cell research community. The lead author of a paper published in the journal Nature claimed that mouse stem cells could be created by soaking blood cells in a weak acid.  If those results could be replicated and reproduced in humans, it would pave the way for new treatments for a variety of ailments.

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The War Against Gibberish

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Mar 18, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Last month, Richard Van Noorden at Nature reported that two major publishers were removing some 120 papers from their subscription services after it was revealed that the papers were computer-generated.

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CTRL-V Plagiarism in the News - Issue 19

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Feb 11, 2014 6:05:00 PM

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AMWA Session: Plagiarism in Medical Research

Posted by Jessica Gopalakrishnan on Jan 13, 2014 2:52:00 PM

The American Medical Writer's Association (AMWA) hosted a panel of three experts at their Annual Conference in the Fall of 2013 to discuss plagiarism in medical research, titled "The Rising Tide of Plagiarism in Medical Research". Panel members included Jonathan Bailey of Plagiarism Today, Jason Chu from Plagiarism.org and Sandra R. Distelhorst, ELS, Senior Editor at Northwest Health Communications.

amwa-logoTogether the panelists provided insights that raise awareness of various plagiarism issues, offered best practices to help researchers and writers avoid plagiarism, and suggested ways for editors and journal management to prevent plagiarism. Examples mentioned during this session may be found in a related paper published by iThenticate.

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Top Plagiarism Scandals of 2013

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Jan 2, 2014 2:35:00 PM

In comparison to 2012, 2013 was a very busy year for plagiarism-related news. It was a year with a slew of political scandals, developing issues in research plagiarism and even a few beloved celebrities finding themselves caught up in allegations of unethical writing.

2013-woodHowever, much of the focus changed in 2013. Where 2012 was very journalism-oriented with the “Summer of Sin” and Jonah Lehrer, 2013 was much more diverse and featured plagiarism scandals from a variety of fields including politics, religion and filmmaking.

All in all, this made it very difficult to pick just five stories to cover. This list easily could have been a top 20 or more. However, the below were the five plagiarism scandals that had everyone talking in 2013 and will be remembered for a long time to come.

Top 5 Plagiarism Scandals of 2013

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Shia LaBeouf’s Bizarre Plagiarism Saga

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Dec 19, 2013 10:57:00 AM

Actor Shia LaBeouf is best known for his roles in the Transformers movies as well as other major Hollywood films. But while his career in front of the camera has been overwhelmingly successful, his foray into being behind the camera has hit a fairly significant speed bump.

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Marc Driscoll: At the Intersection of Faith, Politics and Plagiarism

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Dec 14, 2013 8:00:00 AM
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Daily Mail Accused of Plagiarizing Emma Thompson Interview

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Nov 21, 2013 6:30:00 PM

Emma_Thompson_Césars_2009Earlier this month, freelance reporter Jon Hiscock interviewed actress Emma Thompson and Thompson revealed that, according to her, when she was young she was inappropriately kissed by a magician hired to perform at her birthday party.

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Rand Paul Faces Plagiarism Allegations

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Nov 1, 2013 7:30:00 AM

On Monday evening, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul was accused of plagiarism in a speech that he gave earlier this year at a conference in Washington D.C.

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