News and CommentScientific Misconduct

Medline Searches Turn Up Cases of Suspected Plagiarism

Science  23 Jan 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5350, pp. 473-474
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5350.473

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When he began collecting data last year for a book about scientific misconduct, a Polish cancer researcher had no idea that he would set off a bomb in the scientific enclaves of his native country. But in the past few weeks, his queries about an obscure misconduct notice in a Danish journal have exposed what he claims is a widespread case of plagiarism. He has also raised questions about the Polish scientific establishment's ability to investigate itself. These allegations have shaken two major universities, made headlines in Polish newspapers, and aroused the concern of Poland's science funding chief.