As increasing rates of plagiarism continue to plague industries from magazine publishing to music and politics, a new report by iThenticate highlights the toll of duplication on medical research -- "Rising Tide of Plagiarism and Misconduct in Medical Research."
When factored for the increase in articles published, there has been a 10-fold increase in the rate of article retraction over the past 20 years. Unlike many other published works, where instances of plagiarism mainly pose ethical challenges, misconduct and duplication in medical research can have a direct negative impact on the health and treatment protocol of patients around the world.
The report features exclusive insight from Kim Mitchell, Journal Publications Director at Landes Bioscience. Publishers of more than 40 journals, one of its journal rejected 221 article submissions for plagiarism in 2012 alone. Of these, nearly one in five contained more than 40 percent plagiarized material.
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