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Feb132012

Plagiarism Update

Well, I heard back from the Cambridge Medical Journal today.

If you've been following this blog for long you might remember a recent post entitled, I Was Plagiarized, where I described the unusual experience of finding words I had written-- almost verbatim-- in a journal article I was reading.  Very odd.

I contacted the medical journal in question, which immediately removed the article from their website and said they would conduct a thorough investigation and get back to me.

Well, I heard back from the journal today and they agreed with me.  In their words:

"We have finished our investigation and the Editorial Board’s
decision is that this is a clear case of plagiarism."

I suppose I should feel vindicated-- and for sure I am glad the Board acted appropriately and did the right thing-- but I don't feel happy to hear the outcome.  

Honestly, I sort of feel sad. Sad for the author.  Sad for the journal.  Just sad.

I'm not sure what's going to happen to the author.  It's in the Board's hands and I told them I'd support whatever they decided.

Crazy stuff.

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