Retraction of paper by Brazilian entomologist downgraded to an Expression of Concern
In August, we reported on an upcoming retraction of a paper in The Journal of Insect Behavior by Leonardo Gomes, a Brazilian forensic entomologist. At the time, one of the journal’s editors, Thomas Payne, told us that Gomes and his co-authors had been informed that “Dispersal and Burial Behavior in Larvae of Chrysomya megacephala and Chrysomya albiceps (Diptera, Calliphoridae),” would be retracted.
Gomes, as we noted in August, had already been forced to retract another paper, along with several chapters of a textbook, after editors found evidence of plagiarism.
This weekend, we learned that the 2005 paper in The Journal of Insect Behavior will be subject to an Expression of Concern, and not a retraction. Payne tells us the notice:
Will be an expression since actual new data did appear in the paper in question.
The paper has been cited 7 times, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge. We’ve contacted Gomes for comment, and will update with anything we hear back.
Readers may also find an analysis, by the Abnormal Science blog, of a 2008 erratum by Gomes and a co-author of interest.