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Peer reviewer stole article and published it as his own

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 19 December 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6768
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal

A peer reviewer appointed by the Annals of Internal Medicine stole research submitted by a team from Tufts University, Boston, that was rejected by the Annals and published it six months later in a different journal under his own name.

The theft came to light when the original lead author, the endocrinologist Michael Dansinger of Tufts, later chanced upon his plagiarized work in EXCLI Journal while searching the internet and contacted the corresponding author, who apologized for the plagiarism and had the article retracted.1

The current issue of Annals of Internal Medicine carries both a letter entitled “Dear plagiarist,” by Dansinger,2 and a biting commentary from the …

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