Prominent sourcesBearbeiten

  • Ward & Weigel (2009): This publication is not mentioned in the dissertation anywhere, but nevertheless has been copied into several pages of the dissertation. Also many references to the literature are taken from it.
  • SABiosciences (2009): Several pages (7, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17) are taken entirely from the website of a lab product vendor without referring to the source.

Prominent fragmentsBearbeiten

  • Fragment 018 05: The text is copied literally, the source is not given and also seven references to the literature are copied.
  • Fragment 019 01: An entire page is copied without attribution.

Other observationsBearbeiten

  • The dissertation is very short. Not counting the front matter and the list of references, there are less than 8000 words.


  • Currently there are 47 reviewed fragments documented that are considered to be violations of citation rules. For 38 of them there is no reference given to the source used („Verschleierungen“ and „Komplettplagiate“). For 9 fragments the source is given, but the extent of the used text is not made clear („Bauernopfer“).
  • The publication has 55 pages that have been analyzed. On a total of 38 of these pages violations of citation rules have been documented. This represents a percentage of 69.1%. The 55 analyzed pages break down with respect to the amount of text parallels encountered as follows:
Percentage text parallels Number of pages
No text parallels documented 17
0%-50% text parallels 4
50%-75% text parallels 7
75%-100% text parallels 27
From these statistics an extrapolation of the amount of text of the publication under investigation that has been documented as problematic can be estimated (conservatively) as about 47% of the main part of the publication.


The following chart illustrates the amount and the distribution of the text parallel findings. The colours show the type of plagiarism diagnosed:

  • grau="Komplettplagiat" (copy & paste): the source of the text parallel is not given, the copy is verbatim.
  • rot="Verschleierung" (disguised plagiarism): the source of the text parallel is not given, the copied text will be somewhat modified.
  • gelb="Bauernopfer" (pawn sacrifice): the source of the text parallel is mentioned, but the extent and/or the closeness of the copy to the source is not made clear by the reference.

Rlm col

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