N – Iranian minister’s articles retracted

Three journals will retract papers coauthored by Iran’s science and education minister, Kamran Daneshjou, Nature reports (2009;461:578-9, doi:10.1038/461578a). Nature found that substantial text of a paper in Engineering with Computers (2009;25:191-206, doi:10.1007/s00366-008-0118-x) were identical to a paper by South Korean scientists in the Journal of Physics D (2002;35:2676-86, doi:10.1088/0022-3727/35/20/331). Papers by the same coauthors in the Journal of Mechanical Science and Technology, the Taiwanese Journal of Mechanics, and the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Journal contain duplication. The coauthor Majid Shahravi is reported to have refuted the charge of plagiarism (www.tabnak.ir/fa/pages/?cid=65586 and http://alef.ir/1388/content/view/54040).