Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Retraction of Redundant Publication

Editor’s Comment: 
On Redundant and Duplicate Articles 
The availability of large electronic data bases and our ease in querying them makes recognition of redundant and duplicate publications easier. Both are considered to be a type of self-plagiarism. Once an editor recognizes a publication as redundant or duplicate, he or she may choose to inform PubMed with or without warning the author(s).>>>

Notice of Redundant Publication

Korean J Radiol. 2007 May-Jun;8(3):262-262.
doi: 10.3348/kjr.2007.8.3.262.

The article "Does the Oropharyngeal Fat Tissue Influence the Oropharyngeal Airway in Snorers? Dynamic CT Study" by Tolga Aksoz, Huseyin Akan, Mehmet Celebi, Banu Baglan Sakan, published in Korean Journal of Radiology (2004;5:102-106) is for the most part identical to an article by Huseyin Akan, entitled "Dynamic Upper Airway Soft-Tissue and Caliber Changes in Healthy Subjects and Snoring Patients" published in American Journal of Neuroradiology (2004;25:1846-1850). All members of the ethical committee on publication of the Korean Radiological Society agreed that the two papers belong to the category of redundant publication.

Retraction for Akan et al., AJNR Am J Neuroradiol 25 (10) 1846-1850.

Erratum / Notice of Retraction

American Journal of Neuroradiology 28:1624, September 2007
DOI 10.3174/ajnr.A0816
The American Journal of Neuroradiology has decided to formally retract the article: "Dynamic Upper Airway Soft-Tissue and Caliber Changes in Healthy Subjects and Snoring Patients" by Hüseyin Akan, Tolga Aksöz, Ümit Belet, and Teoman Şeçsen (AJNR Am J Neuroradiol 2004;25:1846–50). 

Monday, March 8, 2010

Tokyo University researcher stripped of doctorate for plagiarism

An assistant professor at the University of Tokyo has been stripped of his Ph. D. after he was found to have plagiarized his doctoral thesis, the university has announced.
Anilir Serkan, 36, an assistant professor at the University of Tokyo's Faculty of Engineering, was found to have copied about 40 percent of his 376-page doctoral thesis from other sources. It is the first time for the university to take back a doctor's degree due to the plagiarism. He has reportedly admitted to allegations.
Serkan, a native of Turkey, received his Ph.D. at the University of Tokyo in 2003, and worked as a researcher at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) before he became an assistant professor at the university's architecture department in 2005. He also engaged in various lecture meetings, while running his own blog and writing articles as the "first Turkish astronaut candidate to undergo training at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)." However, after questions were raised among the public about his background and thesis, the university set up an investigation committee last autumn.
"It's extremely regrettable. We will do our utmost to prevent the same trouble from ever happening again, said Vice President Shinichi Sato.
Publisher ChuoKoron-Shinsha Inc. announced that it has halted the publication of his book "Poketto no Naka no Uchu" (Space in Your Pocket).
(Mainichi Japan) March 6, 2010