Plagiarized reports from Iranian researchers printed by Canadian publisher

National Post | News

When a Ryerson University electrical engineering professor announced last month that one of his papers had been plagiarized in its entirety by academics at Islamic Azad University in Iran, it seemed like an isolated and extreme scandal, unearthed accidentally by an alert research assistant.

‘It came as a total shock to [the German lead author], and he told me and I just couldn’t believe it’

But the National Post has learned that, in the past year, at least seven other Iranian researchers have published extensively plagiarized research in three peer-reviewed journal articles. All of them, though not the Ryerson case, were published by the Canadian Centre of Science and Education, an academic publisher that runs 61 journals out of an office in northwest Toronto.

The CCSE has acknowledged the plagiarism and retracted one paper. Its president said he will investigate the other cases, and has started using software to check…

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