Oops: Plagiarism discovered in the Journal of

Academic and Business Ethics.

No no kidding.


Last week, I got an email from the Executive Director of the Academic and Business Research Institute:

I have recently been made aware of a case of plagiarism in one of our journals.

The Journal of Academic and Business Ethics Volume 5 contained an article with a significant amount of plagiarism that went undetected in the review and publication process.

…  the manuscript has been removed from publication and the author notified.

AABRI takes plagiarism very seriously.

Effective August 2012 every manuscript received for review is evaluated with plagiarism detection software prior to editorial review.

Prior to that it was only used for manuscripts or sources that appeared questionable.

Unfortunately, the manuscript in question had not yet been through the Turnitin.com review process.

I want to take this opportunity to apologize to our authors, readers, and other stakeholders for this occurrence.

I have to commend the AABRI for the way they handled the “delicate” matter … better to be upfront and take your licking, and then move on.

It doesn’t come much more embarrassing than this: an ethicist getting caught on an ethics violation.

You can’t make thus stuff up …

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