Plagiarism and Fraud
A Note Regarding Plagiaristic Authors and Fraudulent Reviewers
This message addresses two issues:
- Author plagiarism
- Reviewer fraud
Serial Plagiarist On the Loose…
Recently, we received an announcement regarding author plagiarism, involving a “serial plagiarist” on the loose; this is someone who has taken large parts of others’ works and has published it in his own submissions without permission, reference, or any hint that it’s been copied. Consequently, the individual has been banned for life from several publications. This particular individual has recently begun to re-appear, attempting to submit again!
For manuscripts submitted to our journal, we utilise CrossCheck (powered by iThenticate) to identify submissions that have questionable text content overlap with other published works. CrossCheck has allowed us to catch submissions before they are ever published, and contact the authors for clarification, or if necessary withdrawal, of the manuscript. However, this process of identifying, comparing and matching text for potential plagiarism will always ultimately rely on the diligence of all involved in the peer-review process – From the authors themselves, to our esteemed collection of editors and reviewers and right down to the editorial office. Please be aware.
“Fake” Peer Reviewers…
Reviewer fraud was recently discussed after the recent discovery of potential “fake” peer reviewers, who are often suggested by the submitting authors. These fake reviewers submit glowing reviews (sometimes with notable irregularities) in order to boost the manuscript’s potential for acceptance.
For reviews received by author-suggested and/or unknown reviewers, we rely on the experience and vigilance of our Editors to ensure that reviews remain consistent and include useful and helpful information. A thorough read-through of each reviewer’s comments is a necessity when considering reviews made by reviewers who have been recommended by authors, or when a review appears to be irregular or even confusing, Actually, a thorough read-through of every review is quite important!
Maintaining the Highest Quality
We all – as editors, reviewers, readers, and authentic authors – hold an appreciation for the high quality of information that CVIR maintains, and we all must continue to ensure progress in the field of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology by providing, appreciating, and acknowledging excellent, progressive, and original material.