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Japanese university revokes PhD following a retraction – Retraction Watch (Ivan Oransky | September 2018)

Published/Released on September 10, 2018 | Posted by Admin on September 22, 2018 / , , , , , , ,
 


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Tokyo Women’s Medical University has stripped a researcher of her PhD, following the retraction of a paper — for data duplication — that was based on her thesis.

This September 2018 case from Japan is another ‘good’ example of what HDR candidates are risking when they cheat in their work. We included links to a few other similar items.

The August 30th announcement notes that a degree was revoked on July 20. The announcement does not name the researcher, but refers to degree number 2881, which corresponds to Rika Nakayama’s PhD. The university describes carelessness and errors, but not misconduct.
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Here’s a rough Google translation of the announcement:
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The thesis which became the application paper is based on the case which was handled at the off-campus facility to which the person belongs. Duplication of case data occurred due to carelessness of the person during the preparation of the paper. Those who created the paper with data duplication applied for a degree, and a degree was approved. Duplication of case data was discovered when this paper was investigated by random monitoring of the facility. That person did not take the form of correction but undertook the withdrawal procedure of the paper from the journal. In recognition of the fact that the dissertation application paper was withdrawn, we decided to cancel the degree award.
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