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Retractions Often Due to Plagiarism: Study

The number of plagiarism-based retractions has grown since the advent of detection software, according to a BioMed Central analysis.

Plagiarism is the most common cause of retractions in BioMed Central journals, accounting for a quarter of cases documented, according to a poster presentation at the World Conference on Research Integrity being held in Rio de Janeiro this week. The authors found that the increase in plagiarism-related retractions rose after 2009, when plagiarism-detection software became more widely used.

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