Saturday, March 5, 2011

Another German Plagiarism Suspected

Spiegel Online reports that the University of Freiburg Department of Sport Medicine, under investigation for doping cases, is under investigation for plagiarism. An external investigation team found a doctoral thesis and a habilitation (a second doctorate deemed necessary in order to be a university professor in Germany) to be extremely similar. It appears that the habilitation - submitted later by the mentor for the doctoral thesis - is the plagiarism.

The mentor is currently head of the department. There are also allegations that his wife used parts of theses he mentored in her own doctoral thesis.

It is interesting to see so many cases currently coming to the surface in Germany.

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