Dănuţ Marcu (born January 11, 1952, Bucharest) is a Romanian mathematician and computer scientist, who received his Ph.D. from the University of Bucharest in 1981. He claims to have authored more than 400 scientific papers.
Marcu is frequently accused of plagiarism. The editors of Studia Universitatis Babeş-Bolyai, Informatica decided to ban Marcu from their journal for this reason, as did the editors of 4OR: A Quarterly Journal of Operations Research and the editors of Geombinatorics. The editors of Geometriae Dedicata state that they suspect Marcu of plagiarism, as he submitted a manuscript which is "more-or-less word for word the same" as a paper by Lindström. Grossman, Kageyama, Pettet, and anonymous reviewers have accused Marcu of plagiarism in MathSciNet reviews. According to the managing editors of Menemui Matematik, Marcu's paper in that journal is a well known result in graph theory, and the paper "should not have been published".
- Marcu's personal web page.
- "1.8 A notorious mathematical problem", Graduate Skills Courses: Good practice in citation and the avoidance of plagiarism (Oxford University), retrieved 2013-03-05,
it is his reputation as a prolific plagiariser of academic papers which is the source of his notoriety in the academic and publishing communities.
- Shahabuddin, Syed (2009), "Plagiarism in Academia", International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 21 (3): 353–359. This paper quotes Boussou, Martello & Plastria (2006) concerning Marcu, including the quote from an unnamed "well-known mathematician" that "Marcu is a notorious plagiarist".
- Buckeridge, John S.; Watts, Rob (2012), "On ethics, the pursuit of knowledge, truth and status in the hallowed halls of academe", Integrative Zoology, doi:10.1111/j.1749-4877.2012.12007.x,
Individual cases of academic plagiarism continue to attract significant media attention. Mathematician and computer scientist Danut Marcu claimed to have published over 383 original papers in various scientific publications. A number of his recent papers were shown to be exact copies of papers published earlier by other authors..
- Honig, Benson; Bedi, Akansha (2012), "The Fox in the Hen House: A Critical Examination of Plagiarism Among Members of the Academy of Management", Academy of Management Learning & Education 11 (1): 101–123,
Another example of a habitual plagiarizer is found in the field of management sciences, where author Dănuț Marcu published three plagiarized papers in Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai Series Informatica during 2002–2003 and subsequently tried to publish another “lifted” piece in the Quarterly Journal of Operations Research ... Marcu was subsequently “outed” and banned from publishing his work in the above journals. The plagiarized rejected piece from 4OR was later published in another journal.
- The editors (2004). "Apology on plagiarism papers". Studia Universitatis Babeş-Bolyai, Informatica 49: 112.
- Bouyssou, Martello, and Plastria (2006). "The Case of plagiarism: Dănuţ Marcu (editorial note)". 4OR: A Quarterly Journal of Operations Research 4: 11–13. doi:10.1007/s10288-006-0087-0. ISSN 1619-4500. See also Graph Theory publications “authored” by Dănuţ Marcu and an example (compare with the original) at the 4OR website.
- Editorial note by Bouyssou, Martello, and Plastria Plagiarism again: Sreenivas and Srinivas, with an update on Marcu at the 4OR website
- Soifer, A. (2007). "The Case of Dr. Dănuţ Marcu: Serial Plagiarism and Signing False Statements". Geombinatorics XVI (3): 293–296. One of the plagiarized works discovered by Soifer was written by noted mail-bomber Theodore Kaczynski.
- K. Strambach and F. D. Veldkamp, "Editorial statement", Geometriae Dedicata 32 (1989), p. 253; see also Zbl 0701.51004 and MR 1038400.
- MathSciNet Reviews MR 2192785, MR 2097141, MR 2060125, MR 2031651, MR 2031645, MR 2024191, MR 1961850, and MR 1899818 by Grossman; MathSciNet Review MR 1666961 by Kageyama; MathSciNet Review MR 1795035 by Pettet; MathSciNet Reviews MR 1856038, MR 1739530, MR 1427830, and MR 1324075 by anonymous reviewers.
- MR 2281788
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