A quick post after stumbling upon a paper that got retracted years ago, but the publisher isn’t going to tell you. Springer still charges $40 (plus tax) to read the retracted paper itself — then will happily charge you another $40 for selling you the retraction notice.Continue reading “Springer and the Double Dip”
Month: January 2021
Similar images from the Technion
The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology is the oldest university in Israel, ranking itself ‘among the world’s top science and technology research universities’.
It is here that a group of researchers appears to have been publishing remarkably similar photos for the last decade — or more.Continue reading “Similar images from the Technion”
Newly appointed Boğaziçi University rector accused of plagiarism
Students and faculty of Boğaziçi University, a top university in Istanbul, Turkey, protested this week after the appointment of Melih Bulu as its new president (news coverage in English in The Guardian, The Times, and Bloomberg).
Bulu’s appointment was criticized as being more political than academic, because he is a close ally of Turkish President Erdogan. Critics also accused him of plagiarism in his published articles and PhD thesis. Bulu has a PhD in business management. During this week’s protests, his 2003 thesis suddenly disappeared from a Turkish repository site.
Here, I take a closer look at Bulu’s thesis to see if these accusations hold water.Continue reading “Newly appointed Boğaziçi University rector accused of plagiarism”