The book, Clear and Concise Communications for Scientists and Engineers, has been recalled by CRC Press due to plagiarism (of me). Or at least they said it was going to be recalled: it is still available for purchase at CRC Press a week after their lawyer gave me the news. But CRC Press / Francis & Taylor / Informa is a massive corporation, so perhaps these things take time.
Anyway, it was nice of CRC to so quickly acknowledge and act on the plagiarism rather than accuse me of plagiarizing them. They also said they would be happy to give refunds to anyone who had already purchased the book.
My only complaint is that they refused to make a public statement about the recall and the reason. In my informal research (previous post), most publishers involved in plagiarism cases do tend to make some sort of statement … even if they initially don’t want to. If CRC wanted to better promote its anti-plagiarism policy to potential authors, making press statements about recalled books would be a wise idea.
Publishers should also get in the habit of running every book through plagiarism-detection software: the sections copy/pasted from my site (Designing conference posters) would have been flagged instantly. But what publisher these days isn’t doing this? Taylor & Francis certainly does it. So the question I have is, why did CRC Press/editor not contact me when those pages were flagged?
By the way, there were a lot of sentences about plagiarism in the book. None of these sentences was plagiarized from my page on plagiarism. Now that would be hilarious.