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Plagiarism and fake publications of Anwar Tumur Anwar Tumur (University of Xinjiang, Urumqi, People's Republic of China) received a grant
 

Summary: Plagiarism and fake publications of Anwar Tumur
Anwar Tumur (University of Xinjiang, Urumqi, People's Republic of China) received a grant
from the Swiss Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students. He stayed in
Switzerland from July 2003 to July 2004. From July to October 2003 he attended a French course
in Fribourg (Switzerland) and then worked as visiting scientist in the Division of Community
Ecology (University of Bern, Switzerland) from October 2003 to July 2004. During this time, he
had free access to our infrastructure and contributed to a small ecological project about small
mammals (rodents) in set aside areas under my supervision (J.-P. Airoldi). During 7 months
(November 2003 to May 2004) A.Tumur did field work (2 days per week). The amount of data
collected was barely sufficient for a publication. He wrote a report, which had to be edited in
depth to correct the poor English and weed out many flaws and inconsistencies. Once back in
China, he asked me whether I would agree to have this report published. I agreed, assuming that
the text would not be modified. Anwar Tumur only sent me the abstract, which was nearly
identical to the original one, and there was no reason at the time to suspect any manipulation. The
study was published in Acta Theriologica Sinica (25: 254-260, 2005). Anwar never sent me a
copy of the article. All the information gathered by Anwar Tumur during his stay in Switzerland
is included in the above-mentioned report and it is hard to imagine additional publications based
on the same data.
Incidentally we detected quite recently 5 other publications which were never authorized by me.
These publications by Anwar Tumur as first author between 2005 and 2007 contain data illegally

  

Source: Airoldi, Jean-Pierre - Zoologischen Institut, Universitšt Bern

 

Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology