Today, I found that a paper written by Bhawna Mallick, Kriti Raj and Himani from India is plagiarizing my papers. Those persons are affiliated to the Galgotias College of Engg & Tech., India formerly known as Uttar Pradesh Technical University.
The paper is called “Weather prediction using CPT+ algorithm” and was published in the International Journal Of Engineering And Computer Science ISSN: 2319-7242 Volume 5 Issue 5 May 2016, Page No. 16467-16470. (https://www.ijecs.in/issue/v5-i5/23%20ijecs.pdf ).
The paper is an obvious case of plagiarism as it copies several pages of my PAKDD 2015 paper about the CPT+ algorithm, published a year before ( http://www.philippe-fournier-viger.com/spmf/PAKDD2015_Compact_Prediction_tree+.pdf ).
The authors of the plagiarized paper, Bhawna Mallick et al., claims to propose the CPT+ algorithm in their paper, and infringes our copyright by copying several pages of the paper, with figures and text, which is unacceptable.
Who is Bhawna Mallick, Kriti Raj et al.?
I have done a little search to find who these persons are. According to the paper, their e-mails addresses are:
- Bhawna Mallick. Galgotias College of Engg & Technology, Greater Noida, UP, India firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kriti Raj. Galgotias College of Engg & Technology, Greater Noida, UP, India email@example.com
- Himani. Galgotias College of Engg & Technology, Greater Noida, UP, India firstname.lastname@example.org
The website of the Galgotias College of Engineering & Technologycan be found here: http://www.galgotiacollege.edu/gcet.asp
And it can be found that Bhawna Mallick et al are affiliated to the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. In particular, it is possible to find the following information about Bhawna Mallick the first author of the plagiarized paper:
|Prof. (Dr.) Bhawna Mallick||Professor & HOD||Data Mining and Fuzzy Logic|
Apparently, Bhawna Mallick is professor and head of the department. Here is a screenshot of her webpage:
The fact that this person is head of that department and put her name as first author on a plagiarized paper raises serious questions about the quality of that college.
Also it raises questions about the quality of that journal.
And who is Kriti Raj?
According to this LinkedIn page, he is a student at the Galgotias College:
What will happen?
Well, this is not the first time that someone plagiarizes my papers. I stopped counting a while ago. I think that it has happened more than 10 times already in the last 7 years. So what I will do? I will send an e-mail to the Galgotias College of Engg & Technology to let them know about the situation, and I will ask them to take appropriate action. Moreover, I will ask that the journal paper be retracted by contacting the journal editor.
Hopefully, the Galgotias College of Engg & Technology will take this problem of plagiarism seriously and take appropriate action to punish those responsible. In India, this is not always the case. In another case of plagiarism that I had reported just a few months ago at the Ilahia College of Engineering and Technology, they have decided to simply ignore the e-mails and take no actions, which is very bad from an academic perspective.