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Here is a link to a C&E News story about a polish grad student who was badly hurt working with nanomaterials…

February 27, 2008
Laboratory Safety
Explosion Injures Student
Accident involved nanostructured explosive materials

Jyllian N. Kemsley

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February 22, 2008
Indian Chemist Is Found to Have Plagiarized and Falsified Articles

A professor at Sri Venkateswara University, in Tirupati, India, has been found to have plagiarized or falsified more than 70 research papers, according to an article in the magazine Chemical & Engineering News.

Wow! 70 papers in four years (2004-2007) – that is quite the body of work to have completed – I am surprised no one was suspicious before…but with the number of journals out there and the amount of work it is to just keep up with one’s own narrow subject area, fraud is hard to identify for reviewers.
The original C&E NEWS item describes the tough work reviewers and editors have:

CHIRANJEEVI’S PLAGIARISM of other scientists’ work was discovered by Purnendu K. (Sandy) Dasgupta, a chemistry professor at the University of Texas, Arlington, and U.S. editor of Analytica Chimica Acta. He says a reviewer, a former student of his, pointed out that a Chiranjeevi submission on measurement of arsenic(III) was similar to a published paper from a Japanese group on chromium(III). In fact, Dasgupta says, but for the change in the name of the chemical being measured, the papers were identical.[emphasis added! ed.]

Dasgupta also says editors and reviewers are overwhelmed and reliant on the honor system at the heart of scientific publishing. “Plagiarism can be guarded against,” he says, “but out-and-out fraud is hard to guard against.”

ONE TOOL that Dasgupta has used to find reviewers—and that might be useful in discovering plagiarism—is a Web-based tool called eTBlast. Developed by computational biologists at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, the free service does a similarity search of text that someone inputs with papers in Medline or other online databases. Dasgupta and others say it could be a powerful tool for weeding out plagiarism in journal manuscript submissions.

The developers of eTBlast have now developed a duplicate submission database called Deja vu. Both are available for free, eTBlast at invention.swmed.edu/ and Deja vu at spore.swmed.edu/dejavu.

So, boys and girls, as I said at the start – this is not the way to do research and if you are tempted – it IS the time to look for another job!!!

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