Plagiarized Pectin Article Doesn’t Jell Well with Original Author


The plagiarized version.

Here’s a story of a very serious case of academic plagiarism. An article on pectin published in a Thai academic journal in 2003 has been almost completely lifted and published in an OMICS journal, with new authors.

This is the original publication:

Sriamornsak, P. (2003). Chemistry of pectin and its pharmaceutical uses: A review. Silpakorn University International Journal 3, 206-228.

This is the plagiarized version:

Raj, A. A. S, Rubila, S., Jayabalan, R. & Ranganathan T. V. (2012). A review on pectin: Chemistry due to general properties of pectin and its pharmaceutical uses. Open Access Scientific Reports 1(12), 1-4.

The plagiarized version contains all the text of the original but omits some of the tables, figures, and a few of the references at the end.

Pectin scholarly article

The original 2003 article.

In my opinion, the number of completely-plagiarized articles in OMICS publications is increasing with time. This case was reported to me by the author of the original work, who has tried unsuccessfully to get the later article retracted.

 The corresponding author of the plagiarized article also has another article in the OMICS journal Food Processing & Technology. It is entitled “Preparation of Laminated Baked Product Using Oats” and also contains plagiarism.

 OMICS Publishing Group is not doing a good job of vetting its submissions for plagiarism. If you submit a paper to an OMICS journal, there’s a fair chance that your work will appear next to a plagiarized work, devaluing your work and making it also suspect. Don’t take this chance — don’t submit any work to any OMICS journal.

6 Responses to Plagiarized Pectin Article Doesn’t Jell Well with Original Author

  1. Solomon says:

    Dear Beall you may think i reject most of your judgments as bogus or premature. But today i am with you because i hate plagiarism and academic piracy. I don’t have words to describe these pirates. I hate them……….

  2. Rujivipat says:

    I had three times experiences on Plagiarism, as well. My PhD. work has been first plagiarized when I went to AAPS for the poster presentation. Second and third plagiarism came from my dissertation. All of them presented have been presented in “Science Direct”. One of them has been executed.

  3. Wayne Dawson says:

    It is rather ironic that the caption of the journal says _YOUR_ research – _YOUR_ rights. At the most fundamental level, Omics really does have an obligation to address matters of plagiarism and piracy.

  4. Guido B says:

    Look at the email address of this guy Raj… That sure signals he is a serious academic… ;)

    • jr says:

      I think you should consider informing the authorities at the institution where the authors are based if you want to get justice.

      The main purpose of publishing plagiarized articles is to trick the funding agencies and university into giving more money and promotions to fake researchers. The genuine researchers in developing countries trying to do quality research who have difficulty competing with fake researchers are the real victims, along with the funding agencies and the general public.

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