I have found that two professors from the Ilahia College of Engineering and Technology named Nasreen Ali A ( email@example.com ) and Arunkumar M have plagiarized one of my paper.
The plagiarized paper is the following:
asreen Ali A.1 , Arunkumar M. Mining High Utility Itemsets from its Concise and Lossless Representations. IOSR Journals (IOSR Journal of Computer Engineering), 1(17), pp.8-14. (the full paper can be downloaded at: https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/5f8f/bd04d6e6a0a02c12b83c66d40bd44449a601.pdf )
Plagiarized paper by Arunkumar M and Nasreen Ali A at Ilahia College of Engineering
The paper plagiarized my paper describing the FHM algorithm, which was published at ISMIS 2014. Basically, these two authors have copied the algorithm and claim that it is their algorithm. They even claim that they have proposed the new EUCP strategy which was proposed in my ISMIS 2014 paper.
This is unacceptable. I have contacted the editor of that paper from this journal named IOSR Journal of Computer Engineering. Moreover, I also contacted the head of this college called the Ilahia College of Engineering and Technology/ Mahatma Gandhi University, India to report this serious case of plagiarism.
About Nasreen Ali A and Arunkumar M
Who are these two professors named Nasreen Ali A and Arunkumar M who have plagiarized my paper? I have done a quick search, and according to the website of their university, here are their pictures:
Nasreen Ali has no shame to put her plagiarized paper in her CV on the Ilahia College website:
Here is another picture of Nasreen Ali from the Ilahia College of Engineering and Technology website ( http://www.icet.ac.in/Faculty_CSE.aspx ).
According to the college website, it can be found that the e-mail addresses of Nasreen Ali and Arunkumar M are : firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com ( http://www.icet.ac.in/Faculty_CSE.aspx ).
The webpage of the Ilahia College of Engineering and Technology is : http://www.icet.ac.in/
About the journal “IOSR Journal of Computer Engineering”
The journal where the plagiarized paper was pulished is called ( IOSR Journal of Computer Engineering http://www.iosrjournals.org/IOSR-JCE.html ). It appears to be some unknown journal that charge a fee to get published and obtain a certificate of publication. I had never heard of that journal or publisher before.
2nd December 2016
On the 2nd December, I have sent the following e-mail to the Ilahia College of Engineering of Engineering and the journal, to let them know about this serious incident:
I immediately received an answer from the journal the day after and they have retracted the paper. But I did not receive any answers from the department where these professors work.
28th December 2016
Four weeks after having contacted the Ilahia College of Engineering and the deparment, I sill did not receive any answer from them.
2nd February 2017
Two months later, I still did not receive any answer from the Ilahia College of Engineering or the department where these professors are working. It seems that they just want to ignore the serious plagiarism issues happening at their institution, which raises serious questions about the quality of that college.
14th April 2017
Four months later, I sent yet another e-mail to the head of the department Rosna P Haroon and the principal of the Ilahia College of Engineering. This person Rosna P Haroon is responsible for the department where the two professors who have plagiarized my work are working. Here is the e-mail below:
15th April 2017
Today, about four months later, I received some acknowledgement that my e-mail has been received from the head of that department Rosna P Haroon, but no clear answer yet was provided about how they will handle this case of plagiarism. They told me to wait for a few days for more information… Let’s see.
If no actions is taken, I will have to consider other actions such as contacting the institutions or organizations such as AICTE (http://www.aicte-india.org/) who is the approving authority of engineering institutions in India or affiliated institutions such as the MG University (http://www.mguniversity.edu/). As researcher, I cannot accept that other people are plagiarizing my work.
By the way, although the journal paper has been retracted by the journal, there is still some online versions available on various websites, that should also be taken down to resolve this issue.
17th April 2017
I received some kind of “apology” from Nasreen Ali. She claims that she did not cite my paper because she thought it was not published, and she claimed that she never said that she proposed my algorithm. But these claims are ridiculous. In her paper, she write clearly that she is proposing the technique from my paper. Besides, she stole a large part of the text of my paper. She also stole the name and some pseudocode, without even citing my paper.
Then, a few hours later, I received an e-mail from Rosna P Haroon, the head of department to tell me that Nasreen Ali had sent me an e-mail. I told Rosna P Haroon that I cannot accept this kind of fake apology where they are still denying that it was plagiarism. I told R. P. Haroon that there should be some punishment since plagiarism is unacceptable, and that I want to know what will happen.
Then, the head of the department Rosna P Haroon did not answer me about any form of punishments that there would be. Besides, six months have passed already since the time that I have reported the issue of plagiarism and these two professors are still working at that college as if nothing happened!
About plagiarism in India
Unfortunately, it is not the first time that some researchers from India have plagiarized my papers (for example, a similar problem of plagiarism at the Galgotias college). I think that it happened three times already only in 2016, and at least five or six times in the last two or three years. Plagiarism is of course not limited to India. My papers have been plagiarized also by people from France, Algeria, and other countries. And it should be said that there are many very good Indian researchers and universities. From my experience, it seems that the plagiarism issue in India is mostly in small universities.
I will keep you updated about what happens about this case of plagiarism. I am looking forward to see what the Ilahia College of Engineering will do, for these two professors who have committed plagiarism.