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Journal retracts article for plagiarism after editorial board members resign in protest

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k1386 (Published 23 March 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k1386
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal

Scientific Reports, a Nature Publishing Group journal, has retracted a 2016 article after 19 Johns Hopkins researchers on its editorial board resigned in protest, claiming that an algorithm created by one of their colleagues had been copied and presented as original work in the journal.1

Michael Beer of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore notified the editors in April 2016 that he believed the paper to have reworded his text and used his equations without proper attribution.

Three authors from the Shenzhen campus of the Harbin Institute of Technology in China reused equations developed by Beer to improve the identification of regulatory sequences in DNA. Using the technique to identify recombination spots in DNA, they called the algorithm SVM-gkm. …

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