(Case No. 31072013)
Professor Y.M. Agayev Agricultural Biotechnilogy Research Institute of Iran (ABRII) Mahdasht Road, P.O. Box 31535-1897, Karaj Iran, pointed out a plagiarism in a paper published in Research Journal of Medicinal Plant Volume 5 Number 6, 630-649, 2011.
On the receipt of Professor Y.M. Agayevs letter, the case forwarded to the
Ethics Committee of the Science Alert. As per the report of the Ethics Committee,
article entitled Saffron (Crocus sativus L.) Strategies for Enhancing
Productivity authored by Mushtaq Ahmad, Gul Zaffar, S.D. Mir, S.M. Razvi,
M.A. Rather and M.R. Mir from Division of Pant Breeding and Genetics, Sher-e-Kashmir
University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir, Shalimar Campus,
191 12-Srinagar, Kashmir published in Research Journal of Medicinal Plant Volume
5 Number 6, 630-649, 2011, 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 Professor Y.M. Agayev for pointing out this plagiarism.
Detail of article from which text has been copied by Mushtaq Ahmad:
Y.M. Agayev, A.M. Shakib, S. Soheilivand and M. Fathi, 2007. BREEDING OF SAFFRON
(CROCUS SATIVUS): POSSIBILITIES AND PROBLEMS, 203-207, 2007.