Apparent Plagiarism Leads Elsevier To Retract Periodic Table Book




Elsevier has retracted a complete e-book concerning the periodic desk after it got here to gentle that important parts seem like plagiarised from Wikipedia. Revealed and retracted final yr, The Periodic Table: Nature’s Building Blocks: An Introduction to the Naturally Occurring Elements, Their Origins and Their Uses, addresses minerals and their parts and covers the historical past of the periodic desk.
The senior writer of the e-book is mineralogist Theo Kloprogge, an honorary senior fellow at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia and adjunct professor at the University of the Philippines Visayas. 
The e-book’s downfall started on 26 December 2020 when Thomas Rauchfuss, an inorganic chemistry professor on the College of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, US, and occasional editor at Wikipedia, acquired a message from a Finnish Wikipedia editor by means of the location’s inter-editor messaging service, asking for his assist as a chemist.
‘I used to be studying Wiki articles concerning the chlorides of molybdenum after which got here throughout this book,’ the be aware mentioned. The Finnish editor mentioned that the textual content appeared ‘oddly acquainted’ and it seems that a minimum of the fabric about molybdenum(ii) chloride and molybdenum(iii) chloride is both a ‘direct copy from Wikipedia or with slight tweaks’. He supplied Rauchfuss with the copied model, in addition to the offending e-book pages, and requested whether or not the writer, Elsevier, must be contacted.

‘I quickly checked the e-book and it was loaded with stuff from Wikipedia,’ Rauchfuss recollects.

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