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CASE STUDY 101 (Anonymized)
2011/2013

An article was published in International Journal of Case Reports and Images (IJCRI) in February 2011.

On 15 February 2013, the Editorial Office of IJCRI received a CC email from a Publisher XYZ. The email was addressed to the author of an article published in the Journal XYZ. The text of the email is given below.

Dear Dr. ABC,
Greetings to you. I hope this mail meets you well. This is to bring to your notice that the paper published in Journal XYZ January 2011 issue (See details below) was also published with a different title in the International Journal of Case Reports and Images which you are a co author to.
ARTICLE CITATION, International Journal of Case Reports and Images
ARTICLE CITATION, Journal XYZ
This is a clear case of plagiarism and should not be allowed.
We will appreciate it if you response to this mail ASAP and remove the article for the other journal.
Kind regards,


On receiving a CC of the above email, on the same day, 15 February 2013, the Editorial Office of IJCRI sent the following email to the authors asking for an explanation for the plagiarism/duplicate publication of their article.

Greetings.
We have received the trailing email from Publisher XYZ. As per the email, an article, for which you are the co-author, was published in International Journal of Case Reports and Images in February 2011. The same article but with a different title was also published in Journal XYZ in January 2011.
ARTICLE CITATION, International Journal of Case Reports and Images
ARTICLE CITATION, Journal XYZ
As the co-author and corresponding author of the above article, please explain, how the same article was published in two different journals?
International Journal of Case Reports and Images takes a very serious view of plagiarism and duplicate submission by the authors. If we do not receive your response within a reasonable time, we will be forced to take necessary action.
Please treat this as most urgent and respond to this email as soon as possible.
With regards

The authors replied to the email from Editorial Office of IJCRI stating:

The article regarding PQR was published in your journal. Journal XYZ published the article without our consent, asking for publication charges which were not paid by us. Till date they are mailing us regarding payment for publication of the article. It is clearly the fault of Journal XYZ that they published the article without our approval and i have proof of that in our corresponding mail which dates back to 2011. I have asked them to remove our article from their journal. I hope they will do this at the urgent.

On receiving the above reply, IJCRI sent the following email to the authors on 16 February 2013, asking them to forward any past email communication between the authors and Journal XYZ, so that IJCRI can initiate appropriate actions and also contact Publisher XYZ.

Thank you for responding to our email. We strongly believe in adhering to highest ethical principles in scholarly publishing by everyone involved - the publishers, editors, reviewers and authors. Although we are currently not a member of Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), we do adhere to their principles of ethical scholarly publishing. Very soon we intend to become full member of the said committee.
We request you to please forward us all relevant emails showing that your article was published in Journal XYZ without your consent. Also please forward us any past or recent emails you may have received in this regard from Publisher XYZ. We will take up the matter with the journal publisher so that they take appropriate steps to retract the article from their journal. Presence of duplicate publication, with you as the co-author, will create a wrong impression of you in the scientific community and it will also reflect badly on us as a scholarly publisher.
We would wish to resolve this matter as soon as possible.
Thank you once again.

On 26 February 2013, the corresponding author replied:

"This case report from the department has an authorship conflict and we would request you to retract the article. We have also requested Journal XYZ to retract the article from their journal. Since the case report is a department property, hence an authorship conflict developed. We are extremely sorry for the recent events that developed. We would like to submit better research articles in your reputed journal in the near future."

Respecting the author's wishes for retraction of the article, the authors were asked to sign a document that they wish to retract the article from the journal. On receiving the document signed by all authors, authors were sent an email informing them that their article will be retracted. The article was formally retracted from International Journal of Case Reports and Images (IJCRI) and a statement of retraction was published in the journal.

As of writing this case study, the article has still not been retracted from the Journal XYZ.

Note: The names of authors, journals and publishers have been concealed.





 
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