Bugging out: An opaque retraction notice reveals why an entomology journal only looks dark
We hope it doesn’t bug Retraction Watch readers that we’ve been writing about entomology more than usual this week. That’s because a reliable tipster has been sending us material that checks out. Here’s another case, of a retraction that appeared some months ago in Entomological News. The retraction notice itself revealed little, but we did learn why the journal hasn’t published an issue in more than a year.
Here’s the notice:
“A NEW SPECIES OF PACHYOTOMA BAGNALL, 1949 (COLLEMBOLA: ISOTOMIDAE) FROM CHINA”
Yufeng Ding, G. Guofu, and P. Shiping
The paper “A new species of Pachyotoma Bagnall, 1949 (Collembola: Isotomidae)” was originally published in Entomological News 118(5): 512-516.
The authors have informed me that they wish to retract this paper because of the false information in the paper.
David J. Horn, Editor, Entomological News
I do not know the circumstances of the retraction other than what was published in Entomological News. One of the authors (Ding) asked to retract the paper and his rationale was repeated verbatim in print. If you want more information I suggest that you contact the author.
We’ve tried to do that, to no avail. And given what Horn said in the rest of the email, we’ll cut him some slack, but we should note that we think editors should stand by retraction notices as much as they stand by studies. Now as to the long delay in publishing issues of Entomological News. Was the site — wait for it — just being buggy?
My own involvement was compromised somewhat in that I am new to editing Entomological News and I was not involved in processing the original paper. Moreover the records I received were in some disarray.
That is also an explanation for the tardiness of Entomological News — we are still in business and slightly less than a year behind in our publication schedule. Between what I was given and my relative inexperience in actual production (formatting for the printer, etc.) Ent. News is slow to catch up but we will do it.