Following an investigation prompted by a whistleblower, a university in Australia has recommended that one of its researchers retract two papers, Retraction Watch has learned.
The reviews, “Cryptography and State-of-the-art Techniques” and “An Advanced Survey on Cloud Computing and State-of-the-art Research Issues,” were both published in 2012 in the International Journal of Computer Science Issues (IJCSI). In a May 20 letter to the whistleblower in the case, the research integrity officer at Edith Cowan University in Perth wrote:
In reply to your query about the outcomes and actions from our preliminary assessment, I can inform you that of your 17 individual complaints, two were deemed to be breaches, four were considered to be minor breaches, eight were dismissed and three were referred to other centres within the University. Actions arising included retraction of publications, where applicable, and training in the ECU online Research Integrity modules. I trust this satisfies your concerns.