Journal of Neuroscience retracts two, one 13 years old
- One is of 2007′s “Glucagon-Like Peptide 1 Stimulates Hypothalamic Proopiomelanocortin Neurons,” by a group led by Frances Ashcroft of Oxford.
- The other: 1998′s “Activated Protein C Reduces the Severity of Compression-Induced Spinal Cord Injury in Rats by Inhibiting Activation of Leukocytes,” by Yuki Taoka and colleagues.
The notices are completely uninformative. They read:
At the request of the authors, the following manuscript has been retracted:
and then give the citation for each study.
The spinal cord paper has been cited 89 times, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge, while the paper by Ashcroft’s group has been cited 26.
We’ve tried to contact the editor of the Journal of Neuroscience, as well as Ashcroft and one of the authors of the spinal cord paper, to find out more details. We’ll update with anything we hear back.
In the meantime, however, we should note that in 2009, Ashcroft’s group retracted what appears to be a related paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) that was originally published in 2007. Only two of the three authors of that 2007 paper signed the retraction. The author who did not sign the retraction, Xiaosong Ma, appears on the Journal of Neuroscience paper too. The Journal of Neuroscience‘s retraction notice is “at the request of the authors,” which implies all of the authors, but we can’t be sure.
Please see an update on this post, with more information.