New Apparent Case of Serial Plagiarism Uncovered

Yasar Albushra Abdul Rahiem Ahmed is a medical doctor at the National Guard Hospital at the King Abdul Aziz Medical City, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It appears Dr. Ahmed, originally from the Sudan, has found a solution to the problem of being a busy doctor with time-consuming scholarly publishing requirements: he copies others’ articles and publishes them as his own. This strategy saves so much time.

Dr. Ahmed and his several co-authors appear to have copied at least nine scholarly articles, changed the titles, and successfully submitted them to several different journals. Moreover, the evidence shows that two apparently original articles by Dr. Ahmed and his pals have each been simultaneously published in two different journals, creating two cases of duplicate publication.

Three of the completely-plagiarized articles were published in the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Research, and these articles have been retracted, for which we commend the journal (even though it didn’t create any retraction notice; it just completely removed the articles without a trace).

Two other articles published in the Education in Medicine Journal have also been retracted, and these retractions bear formal notices here and here. We congratulate this journal, published by the Medical Education Department, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, for this swift and appropriate action.

Dr. Ahmed’s article “High-Dose Methotrexate Toxicities Prevention and Management” is published in two OMICS’ journals: Chemotherapy and Journal of Cancer Science and Therapy. In the latter journal, the article’s title is cleverly changed to “Prevention and Management of High Dose Methotrexate Toxicity.” OMICS knows about the duplication. In an ironic reversal, OMICS itself is the victim of an author, for Dr. Ahmed simultaneously submitted the same paper to two different OMICS journals. As of this writing, neither article has been retracted.

The table below and  here [PDF] details the plagiarism and duplication.

If I were a patient of Dr. Yasar Albushra Abdul Rahiem Ahmed, I would request a different doctor.

 

Plagiarized and duplicate articles by Yasar Albushra Abdul Rahiem

Ahmed and his co-authors

Names used:

Yasar Albushra Abdul Rahiem Ahmed
Yasar Albushra Ahmed

Each plagiarized article is followed by the original article in the next row. The articles marked “original” have no known ethical problems and are the victim articles.

Article title

Authors

Journal

Publisher

Plagiarized

Assessment of Clinical Prognostic Indicators of Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding [Retracted] Mohamed Ahmed Eltayeb, Yasar Albushra Abdul Rahiem Ahmed, and Osman khalafallah Saeed Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Research

ACT Publishing Group Limited

Original Clinical Risk Characteristics of Upper Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage Severity: A Multivariable Risk Analysis Rangson Chaikitamnuaychok and Jayanton Patumanond Gastroenterology Research Elmer Press
Plagiarized Rare presentation of Brucellosis­­ [Retracted] Yasar Albushra Abdul Rahiem Ahmed Journal of Bacteriology and Parasitology

OMICS Publishing Group

Original Severe Thrombocytopenia In Acute Brucellosis: A Case Report Harika Celebi, et al. The Internet Journal of Hematology Internet Science Publications
Plagiarized Clinical challenges: Myeloma and concomitant type 2 diabetes Yasar Albushra Abdul Rahiem Ahmed and Awad Eltayeb International Journal of Hematology Oncology and Stem Cell Research

Tehran University of Medical Sciences

Original Multiple Myeloma and Diabetes Zeinab A. Issa, Mira S. Zantout, and Sami T. Azar ISRN Endocrinology  Hindawi
Plagiarized Objective structured clinical examination: an optimized evaluation method [Retracted] Yasar Albushra Ahmed Education in Medicine Journal Medical Education Department, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia
Original Objective Structured Clinical Examination: The Assessment of Choice Marliyya Zayyan Oman Medical Journal OMSB
Plagiarized Promoting professionalism in Medicine and Medical Education [Retracted] Yasar Albushra Ahmed Education in Medicine Journal

Medical Education Department, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia

Original Developing medical professionalism in future doctors: a systematic review Vimmi Passi, Manjo Doug, Ed Peile, Jill Thistlethwaite, and Neil Johnson International Journal of Medical Education Publisher unknown
Plagiarized Helicobacter pylori and its associated diseases [Retracted] Yasar Albushra Ahmed and Palaniappan Senthil Kumar Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Research

ACT Publishing Group Limited

Original Helicobacter pylori and its Effects on Human Health and Disease Farin Kamangar, Payam Sheikhattari, and Mahsa Mohebtash Archives of Iranian Medicine Academy of Medical Sciences of Iran
Plagiarized Ethical standards for disclosing a medical error Tawfig Khalil, Yasar Albushra Ahmed Medicine Science Review ScopeMed
Original Principles of medical ethics: implications for the disclosure of medical errors Annegret F Hannawa Medicolegal and Bioethics Dove Press
Plagiarized Risk Scoring System for Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding [Retracted] Yasar Albushra Abdul Rahiem Ahmed Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology ACT Publishing Group Limited
 Plagiarized Use of Risk Scoring System in Upper Gastrointestinal Haemorrhage: A Critical Review Yasar Albushra Ahmed Gezira Journal of Health Sciences University of Gezira, Deanship of Graduate Studies and Scientific Research
Original Upper gastrointestinal bleeding: what’s the score? B. Reed and A.J. Stanley Scottish Medical Journal SAGE Journals
Duplicates High-Dose Methotrexate Toxicities Prevention and Management Yasir Hasan Altayeb and Yasar Albushra Ahmed Chemotherapy OMICS Publishing Group
Prevention and Management of High Dose Methotrexate Toxicity Yasar Albushra Abdul Rahiem Ahmed and Yasir Hasan Journal of Cancer Science and Therapy OMICS Publishing Group

Duplicates with some plagiarism

End of Life Ethics in Cancer Patients: Conflicts and Dilemmas Yasar Albushra Abdul Rahiem Ahmed and Tarig Mohamed Ali Journal of Palliative Care and Medicine

OMICS Publishing Group

End of Life Ethics in Cancer Patients: Conflicts and Dilemmas Yasar Albushra Ahmed and Tarig Alib International Journal of Medical Research

ScopeMed

Hat tip: Dr. Christophe Stove

12 Responses to New Apparent Case of Serial Plagiarism Uncovered

  1. Samir Hachani says:

    Well Dr. Beall another “personnality !!!!!!

  2. Dr.Syed Zainul Abedin says:

    Interesting findings.
    Thanks for sharing.

  3. hironimuswendt says:

    This example clearly implicates that lack of credible peers, reviewing manuscripts prior to their acceptance, among predatory publishers.

  4. In such a case, it would be better to retract the PI rather than the papers he published.

  5. Luis Peña says:

    How ironic, he even plagiarized an article about ethical standards.

    • Dr. Seyyed Akbar Mirhasani (Tarbiat Modares University, Iran), Dr Parviz Birjandi (Islamic Azad University, Iran), and Dr Zohreh Eslami Rasekh (Texas A&M University, USA) are more or less of the same habit. Almost all academic members of the Islamic Azad University (Iran) find this strategy quite valuable. Moreover, an indexing service called ISC has been launched by Dr Jafar Mehrad which claims to be the Islamic version of the ISI list and indexes almost any predatory journal that pays the guy a high amount of money. A professor who has written on this issue to warn the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology in Iran, has been persecuted, his associationship has been suspended, and he has been told that he has to quit his job.

      • Luis Peña says:

        Wow, even with western education this things still happen. That affects every legitimate researcher from Iran, just what happened with the south korean researcher who lied about his stem cells research

      • Hi, this is Masood Siyyari, a colleague and student of Dr Birjandi. To me what you have written here is a libel. You better know the truth first and then name someone publicly. You may contact me via my email or cell number (0912-2932592) , I will explain how Dr Birjandi’s name has appeared in some articles with plagiarism.

  6. jr says:

    Is it possible for you to write a guide or set of suggestions based on your experience on how to effectively investigate a particular researcher for cases of plagiarism or, self-plagiarism?

    I guess one simply googles the text of articles one-by-one, but maybe there is more to it than that?

    • That’s how I do it.
      I read the article and search phrases. It the writing changes style, or changes from ungrammatical to grammatical, I select the phrases for searching.

  7. ga says:

    Hello,
    Thank you for interest case.
    If you are the head or director of department where this doctor is working, what actions you think have to be taken? Is just retracting plagiarised articles enough or the department has to take stronger actions considering that its reputation must be kept intact.

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