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Author surprised when publisher pulls three of her papers – Retraction Watch (Victoria Stern | April 2017)

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This story is about a single case in Malaysia and the corresponding author admits the mistake but it provides an opportunity to observe that self-plagiarism is very real (and can be a source of sticky problems) and that the corresponding author needs to maintain a good awareness of what all the contributors are up to.

A researcher is strongly objecting to a publisher’s decision to retract three of her papers from two computing journals without informing her first.
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The reason: Self-plagiarism, which the author said stemmed from her PhD student using similar descriptions for the background sections of the papers. She argued that if the reviewers had flagged the duplication, she would have been happy to revise the papers before publication. A representative of the publisher, Springer, told us the overlap was extensive enough for the journal to determine the papers should be retracted.
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We spoke with Sameem Abdul Kareem from the Department Of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Malaya in Malaysia, last author on all three papers, which she co-authored with her former PhD student Haitham Badi (also referred to as Haitham Hasan in several papers). She explained how the duplication occurred:
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