Chinese mathematician forced to retract paper after two co-authors say they had nothing to do with work
Kewen Zhao, of Qiongzhou University, Sanya, China, has lost a paper in Discrete Applied Mathematics, a journal for which Zhao claims to review. (Given the circumstances, perhaps he meant Indiscreet Applied Mathematics.)
According to the notice:
This article has been retracted: please see Elsevier Policy on Article Withdrawal (http://www.elsevier.com/locate/withdrawalpolicy).
This article has been retracted at the request of the Editor-in-Chief.
The original submission was made without the approval of the two previously listed co-authors Ping Zhang and Yu-Jong Tzeng, who neither contributed to the research nor agreed with corresponding author Kewen Zhao to have a paper submitted in their names. This represents a clear violation of our policies on authorship which state “Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study… The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.”
The PDF of the paper is now marked “RETRACTED” on each page, and Zhao’s co-authors’ names are redacted.
We’ve asked Zhao how those names appeared on the paper in the first place, and will update with anything we hear back.
In the meantime, we note that he has published at least two other papers with Zhang, “Degree with Neighborhood Conditions and Highly Hamiltonian Graphs,” in Acta Applicandae Mathematicae, and “A sufficient condition for pancyclic graphs,” in Information Processing Letters. Neither is marked as corrected or retracted.
Hat tip: Clare Francis