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Culture and Plagiarism

Because of problems with plagiarism in scientific journals, software developers have designed automated programs that check for similar blocks of text, which many journals now use before publishing a paper, says In the Pipeline's Derek Lowe. The first journal in China to sign up for one of these services, the Journal of Zhejiang University–Science, recently reported in Nature that a whopping 31 percent of manuscript submissions it has received since October 2008 contain "unoriginal material," Lowe says. The letter asks researchers and journal editors to be on the alert for plagiarism and "to work against cultural misunderstandings" as, the letter continues, Chinese students were traditionally told to copy the words of their masters. Cultural issues aside, Lowe also says the old publish-or-perish problem is rearing its ugly head in this case. He adds that publicizing the problem is the first step to fixing it.

The Scan

Boosters Chasing Variants

The New York Times reports that an FDA advisory panel is to weigh updated booster vaccines for COVID-19.

Not Yet

The World Health Organization says monkeypox is not yet a global emergency, the Washington Post reports.

More Proposed for Federal Research

Science reports that US House of Representatives panels are seeking to increase federal research funding.

PLOS Papers on Breast Cancer Metastasis, Left-Sided Cardiac Defects, SARS-CoV-2 Monitoring

In PLOS this week: link between breast cancer metastasis and CLIC4, sequencing analysis of left-sided cardiac defects, and more.