Another retraction notice for a paper by Silvia Bulfone-Paus and colleagues has appeared, this one for a 2007 paper in the Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC), “Soluble IL-15Rα is generated by alternative splicing or proteolytic cleavage and forms functional complexes with Il-15.”
This is the sixth retraction notice of a promised 12 in several journals. The original paper has been cited 37 times, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge.
Some of the notices have gone into great detail about what was wrong with the original papers, and journals have even allowed the team to declare that some of the results had been replicated. One simply said there had been misconduct.
Then there’s this one:
This article has been withdrawn by the authors.
That certainly clears things right up.
We’ve sent a message to the editor of the JBC — whom, we should note, has only been in office since early December, so inherited this retraction — and will update if we hear back.
Hat tip: Beatrice Mueller and Karin Wiebauer