Fired Kalasalingam prof Gurunathan’s retraction count stands at eight
We’ve found another retraction for a paper bySangiliyandi Gurunathan, the former researcher at Kalasalingam University in India fired over multiple instances of data fabrication that also caused six Ph.D. students to get kicked out of their program.
The retraction was published In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology – Animal in October 2011 but we only saw it last month. It reads, in full:
The paper, “Isolation and characterization of goat retinal microvascular endothelial cells,” by Haribalaganesh Ravinarayanan, Banumathi Elayappan, Sheikpranbabu Sardarpasha, Deepak Venkataraman, Sirishkumar Namagiri, and Gurunathan Sangiliyandi has been retracted at the request of the Editors as it contains fraudulently manipulated data. Our investigation has found at least two instances of data misrepresentation in this paper. In figure 2a, the 12 h/10%FBS and 24 h/1%FBS photomicrographs are identical as are the 24 h/10%FBS and 36 h/10%FBS photomicrographs. We have also found instances of image duplication in the 0 h/1%FBS, 0 h/10%FBS, 12 h/1%FBS and 24 h/1%FBS photomicrographs. As such, this article represents a severe abuse of the scientific publishing system. The scientific community and the Editors take a very strong view on this matter, and apologies are offered to readers of the journal that this problem was not detected during the submission and review process.
The current online version of the paper makes no mention of the retraction, but instead has the following warning after the abstract, keywords and editor’s name:
An erratum to this article is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11626-011-9460-1.
Typically Springer stamps titles and watermarks PDFs with “RETRACTED ARTICLE” as a fair warning to researchers.
Springer didn’t seem to be making the distinction a priority. Jacco Flipsen, editorial director of life sciences at Springer Dordrecht that publishes the journal, told Retraction Watch:
I don’t have any information on that for you. I’m not that interested to dig into this at this point in time.
Sangiliyandi, who has had eight papers retracted, by our count — two in Angiogenesis, one in Biotechnology Advances, two in Experimental Eye Research, one in In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology – Animal, one in Life Sciences, and one in Vascular Pharmacology – did not respond to email requests for comment.