Caught Our Notice: Bioethics article retracted for…ethics violation

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Title: Bioethics and Medical Education

What Caught Our Attention: As we’ve said before, you can’t make this stuff up: An article on bioethics had its own ethical issues to deal with. It turns out, the authors had “substantial unreferenced overlap” with another article, that “overlap” including the article’s title. Here’s a side by side comparison of the first page, highlighting the matching text:

This isn’t the first time we’ve been struck by the irony of a retraction: There were the plagiarism guidelines retracted for plagiarism, and a paper on ethics in publishing that was retracted for duplication. Another noteworthy point: It took 10 years for the publisher to notice and act on the overlap. (Nope, that’s not a record.)

Journal: Scottish Medical Journal

Authors: M S Sajid

Affiliations: Worthing Hospital, UK

The Notice:

At the request of the Journal Editor and the Publisher, the following article has been retracted.

Sajid M.S. Bioethics and Medical Education. Scottish Medical Journal 2008; 53(2): 62–63. DOI: 10.1258/rsmsmj.53.2.62

The above paper has substantial unreferenced overlap to the following paper:
Jafarey A.M. Bioethics and Medical Education. Journal of Pakistan Medical Association 2003; 53 (6): 210–214.

Date of Article: May 2008

Times Cited, according to Clarivate Analytics’ Web of Science: 0

Date of Notice: January 30, 2018

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