ananyo writes "A cut-and-paste job by a PhD student has embroiled co-author C. N. R. Rao — science adviser to India’s Prime Minister — in controversy.
The paper, by Rao and materials scientist Saluru Baba Krupanidhi at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, along with two of their students — Basant Chitara and L. S. Panchakarla — explored the use of reduced graphene oxide and graphene nanoribbons as infrared photo detectors and was published online by Advanced Materials in July last year (abstract http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adma.201101414). But three sentences in the introduction and a description of an equation had been copied verbatim from a paper published in Applied Physics Letters in April 2010 (abstract http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.3415499), with the source referenced. The controversy has led to a degree of introspection in India where some postgraduate students don't regard cutting and pasting a sentence here or there into a paper as scientific plagiarism."
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