Three papers in Current Eye Research have apparently not quite lived up to the journal’s name. The journal in November retracted three studies from a group of authors in China who had previously published the papers in their native language.
Here’s the notice, which also appears in this month’s print edition:
Withdrawn: Dong X, Shi W, Zeng Q, Xie L. Roles of Adherence and Matrix Metalloproteinases in Growth Patterns of Fungal Pathogens in Cornea. Current Eye Research 2005; 30(8):613–620
Withdrawn: Ma L, Xie L, Dong X, Shi W. Role of extracellular phospholipase B of Canddida albicans as a virulent factor in experimental keratomycosis. Current Eye Research 2009; 34(9):761–768
Withdrawn: Min X, Zhou Q, Dong X, Wang Y, Xie L. Expression Profile and Regulation of Telomerase Reverse Transcriptase on Oxygen-Induced Retinal Neovascularization. Current Eye Research 2011; 36(2):135–142
The above articles duplicate previously published work and are hereby retracted in both the print and online editions of Current Eye Research. These articles appeared earlier in Chinese-language journals (referenced below). As far as can be determined, no permission was sought for the translation and re-publication of the articles. The English-language versions do not cite or refer to the prior publications, and are therefore redundant to scientific literature. The articles submitted in English to Current Eye Research were peer-reviewed and published in good faith.
Roles of Adherence and Matrix Metalloproteinases in Growth Patterns of Fungal Pathogens in Cornea in by Xiaoguang Dong, Weiyun Shi, Qingyan Zeng and Lixin Xie of the Shandong Eye Institute, Qingdao People’s Republic of China, was previously published by Dong, X., Shi,W., Zeng, Q., and Xie, L. (2004) in the Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology, Volume 40, pages: 774–776.
Role of extracellular phospholipase B of Canddida albicans as a virulent factor in experimental keratomycosis by Lin Ma, Lixin Xie, Xiaoguang Dong and Weiyun Shi of The State Key Lab Cultivation Base, Shandong Provincial Key Lab of Ophthalmology and Shandong Eye Institute, Qingdao, China was previously published with the same authors as Virulence of extracellular phospholipase B of Candida albicans in rabbit experimental keratomycosis in the Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology, Volume 44, pages: 237-43.
Expression Profile and Regulation of Telomerase Reverse Transcriptase on Oxygen-Induced Retinal Neovascularization by Xiaojie Min, Qingjun Zhou, Xiaoguang Dong, Yiqiang Wang, Lixin Xie of the State Key Lab Cultivation Base, Shandong Provincial Key Lab of Ophthalmology, Shandong Eye Institute, Qingdao, China (Xiaojie Min now works at the Department of Ophthalmology, Fourth Affiliated Hospital, China Medical University, Shenyang, China) was previously published as: Min X, Zhou Q, Liu T, Yin H, Dong X, Xie L. Expression of mouse telomerase reverse transcription in a mouse model of oxygen-induced retinopathy. Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology 2009;45:199–205, 2009; and: Min X, Dong X, Zhou Q, Liu T, Yin H, Xie L. TERT-siRNA inhibits oxygen-induced retinal neovascularization in mice. Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology 2009;45:1111–1117.
The journal’s policy in this respect is clear: Current Eye Research considers all manuscripts on the strict condition that they have been submitted only to Current Eye Research, that they neither contain material that has been published already, nor are they under consideration for publication or in press elsewhere.
Current Eye Research published these articles in good faith, and on the basis of legal warranties made by the corresponding authors regarding the originality of their work.
This kind of situation has come up before, for example in a similar case involving the American Journal of Psychiatry. There, the journal simply issued an Expression of Concern. As we noted then:
Our understanding is that such duplications are only acceptable if a journal editor knows the material has been published elsewhere in another language, and gives the authors permission to publish a translation. That doesn’t seem to have been the case here.
Hat tip: “Ressci Integrity”