Biotechnology Advances retracts 3 papers from India for plagiarism

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Update 3: 7th August 2011 Kalasalingam University sacks Sangiliyandi Gurunathan

Update 2: 27th June 2011: Yet another

Sangiliyandi retraction  h/t JV Prasath


Update:

Links to the retraction notices have been added – 31st January 2011 and the links have been updated 22nd February 2011.

Biotechnology Advances has retracted 3 papers from India (2 from IIT Kanpur and1 from Kalasalingam University), all at the request of the editors and all for plagiarism.

A matter of some shame for Indian science and especially for the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. It remains to be seen if the Institutions take any action. The plagiarism seems to have been particularly inept since it included blatant copying even from Wikipedia and Encyclopedias.

The 3 retraction notices are given below:

1. Retraction notice to “Microbial production of dihydroxyacetone” [Biotech Adv. 26 (2008) 293–303] by Ruchi Mishra, Seema Rani Jain and Ashok Kumar

Department of Biological Sciences and Bioengineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, 208016-Kanpur, India

Available online 22 August 2010.

Retraction Notice

Reason: This article has been retracted at the request of the editor as the authors have plagiarised part of several papers that had already appeared in several journals. One of the conditions of submission of a paper for publication is that authors declare explicitly that their work is original and has not appeared in a publication elsewhere. Re-use of any data should be appropriately cited. As such this article represents a severe abuse of the scientific publishing system. The scientific community takes a very strong view on this matter and we apologise to the readers of the journal that this was not detected during the submission process.

From a limited, non-exhaustive check of the text, several elements of the text had been plagiarised from the following list of sources:

Dihydroxyacetone — Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

StateMaster — Encyclopedia: Dihydroxyacetone

2. Retraction notice to “Molecular imprinting in sol–gel matrix” [Biotech Adv. 26 (2008) 533–547] by Radha Gupta and Ashok Kumar

Department of Biological Sciences and Bioengineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, 208016-Kanpur, India
Available online 22 August 2010.

Retraction Notice

Reason: This article has been retracted at the request of the editor as the authors have plagiarised part of several papers that had already appeared in several journals. One of the conditions of submission of a paper for publication is that authors declare explicitly that their work is original and has not appeared in a publication elsewhere. Re-use of any data should be appropriately cited. As such this article represents a severe abuse of the scientific publishing system. The scientific community takes a very strong view on this matter and we apologise to the readers of the journal that this was not detected during the submission process.

From a limited, non-exhaustive check of the text, we noted that several elements of the text had been plagiarised from the following list of sources:

Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews, Volume 54, Issue 1, 17 January 2002, Pages 149–161, Molecular imprinting within hydrogels

J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2006, 128 (50), pp 15954–15955, Template synthesized molecularly imprinted polymer nanotube membranes for chemical separations

Mimicking the reactions of natural enzymes: organic molecularly imprinted polymers as mimics of hydrolytic enzymes [http://chemistry.illinois.edu/research/organic/seminar_extracts/2002_2003/Ong.pdf]

Analytica Chimica Acta, Volume 545, Issue 2, 27 July 2005, Pages 122–128, Construction of a novel molecularly imprinted sensor for the determination of O,O-dimethyl-(2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetoxyl)(3′-nitrophenyl)methinephosphonate

Biosensors and Bioelectronics, Volume 21, Issue 12, 15 June 2006, Pages 2329–2338, Supported imprinted nanospheres for the selective recognition of cholesterol.
Corresponding author. Tel.: + 91 512 2594051; fax: + 91 512 2594010.

3. RETRACTED: Nanosilver — The burgeoning therapeutic molecule and its green synthesis by Ramanathan Vaidyanathan, Kalimuthu Kalishwaralal, Shubaash Gopalram and Sangiliyandi Gurunathan

Retraction Notice

Department of Biotechnology, Division of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Kalasalingam University, Anand Nagar, Krishnankoil-626190, Tamilnadu, India
Available online 15 August 2009.

This article has been retracted. Please see Elsevier Policy on Article Withdrawal (http://www.elsevier.com/locate/withdrawalpolicy).

Reason: This article has been retracted at the request of the editor as the authors have plagiarised part of several papers that had already appeared in several journals. One of the conditions of submission of a paper for publication is that authors declare explicitly that their work is original and has not appeared in a publication elsewhere. Re-use of any data should be appropriately cited. As such this article represents a severe abuse of the scientific publishing system. The scientific community takes a very strong view on this matter and we apologise to readers of the journal that this was not detected during the submission process. From a limited, non-exhaustive check of the text, several elements of the text had been plagiarised from the following list of sources:

Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews, Volume 60, Issue 11, 17 August 2008, Pages 1289-1306, Inorganic Nanoparticles in Drug Delivery Biological properties of naked metal nanoparticles

Nanotoday, Volume 4, Issue 1, February 2009, Pages 66-80, Nanotechnology and nanomaterials: Promises for improved tissue regeneration

Nanotechnology and Its Applications in Crop Improvement

Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine, Volume 3, Issue 2, June 2007, Pages 111-119, Cell selective response to gold nanoparticles

Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, Volume 145, Issues 1-2, 30 January 2009, Pages 83-96, Silver nanoparticles: Green synthesis and their antimicrobial activities

Materials Letters, Volume 62, Issue 29, 30 November 2008, Pages 4411-4413, Extracellular biosynthesis of silver nanoparticles by the culture supernatant of Bacillus licheniformis

Toxicology Letters, Volume 176, Issue 1, 4 January 2008, Pages 1-12, Nanosilver: A nanoproduct in medical application

J. Phys. Chem., 1993, 97 (2), pp 339-343, Growth of Silver Particles in Aqueous Solution: Long-Lived Magic clusters and ionic strength effects

Nanotechnology, Volume 19, Number 7, 2008, Green synthesis of highly stabilized nanocrystalline silver particles by a non-pathogenic and agriculturally important fungus T. asperellum
Corresponding author. Tel.: +91 4563 289042; fax: +91 4563 289322.

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24 Responses to “Biotechnology Advances retracts 3 papers from India for plagiarism”

  1. Deepti Says:

    Whoever has written this should first understand the meaning and status of the paper….. Please read the rules and regulation and than decide if its scientific fraud…. its an review article and wikipedia does not have a copyright for anything written on their website……. Dont indugle is spreading rumors and i think we should fight together as this is an intended attack on our scientists and institute………

    • ktwop Says:

      3 papers retracted and announced as retracted by the Journal is fact – not rumour. Scientific papers are required to show exercise of mind. Plagiarism is not a question of copyright – it is when you copy someone else’s work and pass it off as your own.

    • Abhi Says:

      Hey Deepti,

      Looks like you are on the way of showing us down by copying word-to-word from some journal. Even what if it is a review article, apply your head before writing anything. No one writes exactly same sentence as this guy Ashok Kumar is teaching to his students, even if your English is poor. These people should be thrown out of IIT and should be stripped from any other scientific indulgance ever. You should be innovative in expressing your thought (understand the importance of a pen).

      Double think before writing anything on any public forum.
      God save India from the people like Ashok Kumar & Deepti!!

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  4. Dr. Husaini Says:

    Indeed sad and shameful act by scientists…

  5. CM Luther Says:

    It has been proved umpteen times that professors and academicians from IIT-Kanpur have been involved in plagiarism. The two papers are just the tip of the iceberg. For IIT-K all I can say is all that glitters is not gold.CM LUTHER(journalist)

  6. Raja Says:

    DST has sanctioned 50 lakh for above retracted paper published by sangiliyandi. How? he also advertised the project recently. Where is Kapil Sipal. forwarded to DST people

    http://helpbiotech.net/project-vacancies/jrf/kalasalingam-university-tamilnadu-nano-biotech-srfjrf-vacancies/12/2010/

    KALASALINGAM UNIVERSITY
    Kalasalingam Academy of Research and Education
    Anand Nagar, Krishanancoil – 626 190 Srivilliputhur (via) Virudhunagar (Dist)
    Tamilnadu

    Applications are invited for the following posts for the DST sponsored research project on “Gold nanoparticles: Burgeoning therapeutic molecules for proliferative diabetic retinopathy”.

    1. Junior Research Fellow – JRF (01)

    Qualification: P.G. Degree in basic sciences (Life sciences) with first class and NET qualification (or) P.G. Degree in professional course (Life sciences) with first class.

    Salary: Rs. 12,000/- plus HRA for two years, Rs. 14,000/- plus HRA for the third year.

    Applications are invited for the following posts for the CSIR sponsored research project on “Biosynthesis and Characterization of Silver Nanoparticles. A potential new therapeutic approach”.

    1. Senior Research Fellow – SRF (01)

    Qualification: M.Sc, B.E, B.Tech with minimum 60% marks and at least two years of post M.Sc, B.E, B.Tech, research experience as evidence from fellowship/ associateship or traineeship and published papers in standard refereed journals (or) M.E, M.Tech or equivalent degree in Engineering/Technology with minimum 60% marks.

    Salary: Rs. 14,000/- plus HRA for two years

    Application along with Bio-data may be sent to the Principal Investigator of the Project:
    Dr. G. Sangiliyandi,
    Professor & Head,
    Department of Biotechnology, Kalasalingam University,
    Anand Nagar, Krishnankoil -626 126.
    Last date for submission of applications: 22.12.2010

    • ktwop Says:

      Unless the Institution itself also has its own sense of ethics or integrity then this will surely continue.
      Kalasalingam University does not give much value to ethics it seems.

  7. ktwop Says:

    I have emailed the University and the DST regarding this case but have not had any reply so far.
    It would be interesting to know if the University has a formal Code of Ethics and whether the DST has been informed about this misconduct.

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  9. siva Says:

    Not only DST, His CSIR project topic (Biosynthesis and Characterization of Silver Nanoparticles. A potential new therapeutic approach) is same as his retracted paper.

  10. raja Says:

    Thanks respected VC for your good response.

  11. HK Misra Says:

    Kalsalingam university is not bothered ,it seems.Institutions which were of good repute once involve in all sort of these.Institutions are becoming money minded and focus only for govt funds.Already the same university was checked as they loot funds.
    UGC should consider this very important issue and should be considered for that university status issue.
    It is a big shame to the nation and indian scientific community.So all papers published by various professors in kalsalingam university must be screened.It is shocking to know,he is the Head of the department…
    UGC should put this to an end….

  12. bijender k bajaj Says:

    Really this is not at all in good taste, when already good journals rejecting reasobaly good work from India: keeping in view the researchers are india based; this incident would further loose the credibility of our reseachers; so it is very very sad and unfortunate;

  13. J.V.Prasath Says:

    Sangiliyandi Senior professor Kalasalingam University other one research paper was recently retracted by Journal, Vascular Pharmacology

    RETRACTED: Pigment epithelium-derived factor inhibits vascular endothelial growth factor-and interleukin-1beta-induced vascular permeability and angiogenesis in retinal endothelial cells
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    References and further reading may be available for this article. To view references and further reading you must purchase this article.

    Sardarpasha Sheikpranbabua, Haribalaganesh Ravinarayanana, Banumathi Elayappana, Park Jongsunb and Sangiliyandi Gurunathana, Corresponding Author Contact Information, E-mail The Corresponding Author

    a Department of Biotechnology, Division of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Kalasalingam University (Kalasalingam Academy of Research and Education), Anand Nagar, Krishnankoil-626190, Tamilnadu, India

    b Cell Signaling Laboratory, Cancer Research Institute, Department of Pharmacology, College of Medicine, Chungnam National University, 6 Munhwa-dong, Jung-gu, Taejon, 301-131, South Korea

    Available online 16 December 2009.

    This article has been retracted: please see Elsevier Policy on Article Withdrawal (http://www.elsevier.com/locate/withdrawalpolicy).

    This article has been retracted at the request of the Editors as it contains manipulated figures.

    Panels in figures 5 and 6 are supposed to be representative photomicrographs of cell dishes at 0 h and 24 h after scratching. However, the panels do not represent independent data, but instead contain repetitive cell patterns suggestive of digital manipulation of these figures.

    As such this article represents a severe abuse of the scientific publishing system. The scientific community and the Editors take a very strong view on this matter, and apologies are offered to readers of the journal that this problem was not detected during the submission and review process.

    Corresponding Author Contact InformationCorresponding author. Tel.: +91 4563 289042; fax: +91 4563 289322.

    look the web page

    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1537189109001578

  14. Raj Says:

    It looks like this guy Sangiliyandi Gurunathan is a fraud and a cheat. I don’t understand why funding agencies like DST and CSIR waste public money on these guys. Indian science will never improve and will not be respected as long as our government support cheaters like him.

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  18. Nagarajan Says:

    Kalasalingam university always follows the ethics and discipline and takes action on defaulters be it a student or a repute professor.

    http://kalasalingam.ac.in/action.pdf

  19. Arasan Says:

    Kalasalingam University never bothers about ethical issues it seems. All the 6 research scholars, whose Ph.D registration has been cancelled are still doing (continuing) their research work in the department itself on the support of Prof.Dr.K.Sundar. They are revealing that they doesn’t care about scientific communities and ethical issues. All the actions taken were just for saving their reputation and to escape from all plagiarism issues.

  20. selvam Says:

    All names and portions deleted because these are unsubstantiated allegations – ktwop
    so far kalasalingam university (has) not taken any actions ………..also copied from various thesis of foreign universities. now kalasalingam university like to hide all the issues, except the previous case. (In) the first case they took serious action on guide as well as students, now we don’t understand why they are not interested?
    may be they will show interest after the journals publish all these issues, may be they have published (in) unworthy journals, and journals are not interested.

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