Massive Plagiarism by Turkish Physicists

Okay, not biomedical research ethics, but I have many close friends who are physicists, and this report in Nature is crushing.

“More than a dozen theoretical physicists at four universities in Turkey seem to be involved in a massive plagiarism scandal. Almost 70 papers by 15 authors have been removed from the popular preprint server arXiv, where many physicists post their work, by the server’s moderators. They allege that the papers plagiarize the works of others or contain inappropriate levels of overlap with earlier articles. This is probably the largest single incident of its sort ever seen on the server, according to physicist Paul Ginsparg of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and founder of arXiv. “What these guys did was way over the line,” he says.”

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