Oh irony! Journal pulls down paper on plagiarism because it was plagiarised

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 03, 2015 11:49 IST

The Indian Journal of Dermatology has retracted a paper presenting guidelines to handle plagiarism in the Indian scenario because the author plagiarised it.

A statement posted on the journal’s website said: “The article ‘Development of a guideline to approach plagiarism in Indian scenario’ is being retracted as the manuscript has been found to be copied from the first round questionnaire of the dissertation entitled 'Developing a comprehensive guideline for overcoming and preventing plagiarism at the international level based on expert opinion with the Delphi method' by Dr Mehdi Mokhtari.”

Ironically, the author of the retracted paper, Thorakkal Shamim, a dental surgeon based in Tamil Nadu, had himself been a victim of plagiarism and had urged the scientific community to take a hard line on plagiarism, according to Retraction Watch, a blog that tracks plagiarism in academic papers.

Shamim’s paper in the journal included definitions and strategies to prevent and detect plagiarism.

The Indian Journal of Dermatology, the official publication of the Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists and Leprologists that was established in 1940, too has taken a tough position on plagiarism in the past and banned at least three groups of authors.

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