Here is another example of an article in an open-access journal about plagiarism that itself contains plagiarism. The 2016 article, classified as a “short communication” in the predatory International Journal of Health Sciences and Research, has only two pages of text and is barely readable, except for the plagiarized parts.
The article is entitled “Plagiarism: A Serious Scientific Misconduct.”
Here’s evidence of the lifted text. First, a screenshot from the offending article:
The first sentence is lifted from an article called “The ethics of scholarly publishing: Exploring differences in plagiarism and duplicate publication across nations” by Kathleen A. Amos. Here’s a screenshot from her April, 2014 piece showing the original text:
Note that no quotation marks are used, a signal from the authors that the text is their original expression — but that’s not true in this case.
Most of the second sentence comes from an article entitled, “Plagiarism and scholarly publications: An ethical analysis” by Donald Gotterbarn, Keith Miller, and John Impagliazzo. Here’s a screenshot from this 2006 conference paper showing the original text:
There are no quotation marks, but at least the second copied sentence cites the original source.
I realize the amount of lifting is relatively small, but so is the paper itself.
The International Journal of Health Sciences and Research is included on my list. It’s also included in DOAJ, the Directory of Open Access Journals. (My list is actually referred to and cited in the paper.) The journal negligently refuses any responsibility for the lifted content:
Disclaimer: The publisher and journals’ editorial team are not responsible for plagiarism and any other issues raised out of any article. It is the sole responsibility of the concerned author/s about contents/ideas/views expressed in the article.
Like many open-access journals these days, this one emblazons its website with phony impact factors. Note the incredible jump in its Index Copernicus Value:
This journal is a complete sham. The article was submitted on January 13th and accepted two weeks later. This is a medical journal, where quality and precision are crucial. It costs USD $50 to publish an article in the journal.
In summary, we have an illiterate article about plagiarism that contains plagiarism published in a predatory medical journal. This is the status quo of scholarly open-access publishing.