A paper by Turkish authors was submitted to journal A. The paper was virtually the same as one published in the equivalent US journal B of the same specialty,but with different authors. The paper submitted to journal A seems to have been plagiarised from the paper published in journal B. The editor has written to the deans of the faculties of medicine to which the authors are attached. What more should he do?
It was agreed that the editor should have written to the authors for an explanation first. Only if a satisfactory reply was not forthcoming should the editor have contacted the deans.
The editor received no response from the deans of the faculties of medicine to which the authors were attached, and no response from the authors.