Croatian academic is found guilty of plagiarism

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 24 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1077
  1. Geoff Watts
  1. London

    A Croatian government committee that is investigating a senior academic and obstetrician has ruled unanimously that allegations of plagiarism in his published work are well founded.

    In an opinion issued on 15 May the Committee for Ethics in Science and Higher Education declared that Asim Kurjak of Zagreb University Medical School was guilty of “violations of the [committee's] ethics code . . . and of common norms in biomedical publishing.”

    The allegations were originally made in the BMJ by Iain Chalmers of the James Lind Library in Oxford (BMJ 2006;333:594-7 doi: 10.1136/bmj.38968.611296.F7).

    The saga began in the late 1980s when Dr Chalmers was preparing a systematic review of epidural anaesthesia. He noticed that much of the text and data in …

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