Journal retracts uToronto study over "self-plagiarism"

October 24, 2012

Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews has retracted a study published by a leading University of Toronto researcher and 2 colleagues in the university's Faculty of Medicine after a software program used by the journal revealed the research team had been recycling text from previous studies. A retraction notice published this month by the journal said the researchers "self-plagiarized" texts from 5 other reports in a 2005 paper. "This article represents a severe abuse of the scientific publishing system," the notice said. In an interview with Postmedia News, the Faculty of Medicine's executive director of communications depicted the case as a copyright dispute over a paper that was always intended as a "review." He said of the report that "under the strictest definition of copyright it had to be original, but there are only so many ways to describe the research landscape." Postmedia News | Retraction Notice