A CASE OF PLAGIARISM
(Case No. 11142011)
Dr. Dev Britto, Herbert Kronzucker, University of Toronto pointed out a plagiarism in a paper published in International Journal of Botany 2011; 7: 1-16.
On the receipt of the letter from Dr. Dev Britto, the case forwarded to the Ethics Committee of the Science Alert. As per the report of the Ethics Committee, article entitled "Nitrogen nutrition and ammonium toxicity in higher plants" published in International Journal of Botany 2011; 7: 1-16." contains substantial sections of text that have been taken verbatim from earlier publication without clear and unambiguous attribution.
Science Alert considers misappropriation of intellectual property and duplication of text from other authors or publications without clear and unambiguous attribution totally unacceptable.
Plagiarism is a violation of copyright and a serious breach of scientific ethics. The Editors and Publisher have agreed to officially retract this article.
Science Alert is highly thankful to Dr. Dev Britto for pointing out this plagiarism.
Detail of article from which text has been copied by Faouzi Horchani, Olfa R`bia, Rim Hajri and Samira Aschi-Smiti is as under:
NH4+ toxicity in higher plants: a critical review"; Britto & Kronzucker, J. Plant Physiol. 159: 567-584 .