[Taxacom] Dealing with the morally reprehensible act of plagiarisation

Ken Kinman kinman at hotmail.com
Tue May 28 09:59:34 CDT 2013


Hi Raymond,

 

     I'm wondering why you are accusing Schleip (2008) of plagiarism.  He even mentions your 2000 paper in the title:  "Revision of the Genus Leiopython Hubrecht 1879 (Serpentes: Pythonidae) with the Redescription of Taxa Recently Described by Hoser (2000) and the Description of New Species." 

 

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> From: viper007 at live.com.au
> To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
> Date: Wed, 29 May 2013 00:28:14 +1030
> Subject: [Taxacom] Dealing with the morally reprehensible act of plagiarisation
> 
> 
> 
> Dear all, 
> 
> I am sure I am not the only one here to have had their
> work plagiarized by one or more others.(This being the act of using a person's work and not citing or correctly attributing the data).
> 
> Examples in terms of my own work and papers include serial offences by the Wuster et al. (Kaiser et
> al.) gang of thieves, a few of many examples of which I list below:
> 
> · 
> Hoser
> 1998a/repeated in Hoser 2002b Acanthophis taxonomy
> (confirmed by Aplin and Donnellan 1999, Wells 2002d), (also see support from
> Starkey 2008 dating back many years), then plagiarized by Fry et al. 2002 (including Wüster) and
> Wüster et al. (2005):
> 
> · 
> Hoser
> 2000b/2003e/2004a Python Taxonomy (confirmed by Rawlings and Donnellan 2003 (“Chondropython” - Hoser 2000), confirmed by Wells 2005
> (“Morelia” Carpet Pythons), Rawlings,
> et al. 2008 (“Broghammerus” and other genera - Hoser 2003/4)); then plagiarized by O’Shea 2007 (“Leiopython”); also then plagiarized by Schleip
> 2008 (“Leiopython hoserae” and other from Hoser 2000):
> 
> · 
> Hoser
> 1998b/2000b/2001 “Pseudechis” group
> taxonomy (confirmed by Kuch et al. 2005),
> then plagiarized by Wüster et. al. (2005):
> 
> · 
> Hoser 2002a Oxyuranus
> taxonomy, plagiarized
> by Wüster et. al. (2005):
> 
> · 
> Hoser
> 2003a Pseudonaja taxonomy, plagiarized
> by David Williams et al. (including Wüster and O’Shea) (2008).
> 
> 
> 
> Of course others have plagiarized my work, particularly
> many of my papers on breeding snakes from the 1980’s and 1990’s, but I’ll save
> listing them as this would include dozens of entries and this is after all a
> taxonomy/nomenclature forum.
> 
> While plagiarization is a reprehensible and morally
> repugnant act, what sort of actions do you suggest are best to combat this
> scourge, both before and after the fact?
> 
> Thanks in advance for any ideas.
> 
> 
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