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Title Plagiarism by one author, plagiarism by all authors?
Long Title Plagiarism by one author, plagiarism by all authors?
Contributor/Contact Dale J. Benos, PhD (benos@physiology.uab.edu)
Contributor Details Dale J. Benos, PhD
Chairman of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics
The University of Alabama at Birmingham in Birmingham
CTSA Alabama
Case Study Provided A scientist has submitted a manuscript to a journal for publication. Three reviewers reviewed the manuscript. One reviewer claims plagiarism has occurred and cites three examples of paragraphs in the submitted paper that have been copied verbatim or substantively from other works. The journal editor rejects the manuscript for other reasons, but fails to mention in his cover letter to the manuscript author the alleged plagiarism. In fact, the editor encourages the author to revise and resubmit his manuscript elsewhere. A coauthor, on reading the reviews, immediately contacts her departmental chair and journal editor about this incident, and states that indeed the cited examples were plagiarized, unknown to her, because they were added to the final version (which she did not see just before submission). What should be done?
Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing and Ownership Topics No Data acquisition_management_sharing and ownership Topics
Mentor and Trainee Responsibilities Topics No mentor and trainee responsibilities topics
Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship Topics
Inappropriate authorship practices,
Dealing with controversies that arise in authorship,
Addressing compliance with ethical standards within articles
Peer Review Topics
The significance of peer review,
Qualities of a good review and reviewer,
Responding to reviewers,
Reviewer roles in ensuring RCR,
Editorial responsibilities
Collaborative Science Topics No collaborative science topics
Research Misconduct Topics
Plagiarism
Conflicts of Interest, Law and Policy Topics No conflicts of interest_law_and policy topics
Human Subjects

Citation Benos DJ, Fabres J, Famer J, Gutierrez JP, Hennessy K, Kosek D, Lee JH, Olteanu D, Russell T, Shaikh F, and Wang K. Ethics and scientific publication. Advances in Physiology Education 29: 59-74, 2006.
URL http://advan.physiology.org/cgi/content/full/29/2/59
RCR Keyword Research Misconduct, Plagiarism, Peer Review, Manuscript, Journal, Editor, Reviewer
Other RCR Keywords Department Chair; Publications Committee
Case Difficulty Quick
Type of Case Realistic dilemma
Source for Topic Areas Du Bois, J., & Dueker, J. (2009). Teaching and Assessing the Responsible Conduct of Research: A Delphi Consensus Panel Report. Journal of Research Administration, 40(1), 49-70.
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Topic revision: r3 - 13 Nov 2011 - 12:00:33 - MarkYarborough
 
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