Scientific journal retracts article copied from Wikipedia entry

The quarterly journal announced in its latest issue, which came out in January 2016, that it was retracting that article.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:February 4, 2016 12:08 am

A peer-reviewed Indian journal on psychiatry has pulled out an article after it became known that some portions of the text were copied from a Wikipedia entry without attribution.

The article titled “The Mystery of Reincarnation” was published in 2013 in the Indian Journal of Psychiatry, an open-access journal, by three authors from the Mysore Medical College and Research Institute. The quarterly journal announced in its latest issue, which came out in January 2016, that it was retracting that article.

“The article was published in the special supplement… We have a rigorous process of peer review… But it seems that in this case… the same kind of rigour was not followed. We will be extra careful in future,” Dr T S Sathyanarayana Rao, editor of the journal, told The Indian Express. Rao, a professor at the Department of Psychiatry at the JSS Medical College in Mysore, claimed that the journal was among the top-ranked open access Indian scientific journals across all subjects.

Dr Anil Kumar Nagaraj, one of the three authors of the article, said the article had given the reference of the original sources mentioned on the Wikipedia page, and not Wikipedia itself.

“The references were to religious texts. We realised that we were not equipped to properly translate the religious texts. So we copied the version that appeared on Wikipedia and gave the original source. We thought that Wikipedia pages can be changed and information can become outdated, therefore it was safer to use the original sources,” Nagaraj said.

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