Paper on plagiarism withdrawn - it was plagiarised

02 April 2015 - 14:34 By Times LIVE
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The Indian Journal of Dermatology has withdrawn an article on plagiarism - for plagiarism.

"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," the Journal said in its retraction notice.

According to Retraction Watch, the journal is noted for its tough stance on plagiarism, banning at least three groups of names for the practise.

Apparently the author of the article, Thorakkal Shamim, has himself been a victim of plagiarism, and has urged the scientific community to take a hard stance against it.