“Invalid data” prompt retraction of another paper from psychologist Sanna
The journal Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice is retracting a 2003 paper by psychologist Lawrence Sanna, who appears to have been fabricating his data. Sanna’s work, Retraction Watch readers may recall, came under the scrutiny of Uri Simonsohn, who also investigated Dirk Smeesters’ research.
Here’s the notice, which offers an impressive amount of back story as these things go:
Reports the retraction of “Mixed-motive conflict in social dilemmas: Mood as input to competitive and cooperative goals” by Lawrence J. Sanna, Craig D. Parks and Edward C. Chang (Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 2003[Mar], Vol 7, 26-40). The following article from the March 2003 issue is being withdrawn at the request of the first author Lawrence J. Sanna, who stated that “the data were invalid”: Sanna, L. J., Parks, C. D., & Chang, E. C. (2003). The author provided no further statement other than to note that co-authors Craig D. Parks and Edward C. Chang were in no way responsible. Nature reported (July 12, 2012) that Uri Simonsohn had raised concerns about the data in the article with Sanna and his co-authors in the summer and fall of 2011, and the University of North Carolina, where the research had been conducted, formed a committee to investigate the concerns. The committee findings were never made public. However, Sanna resigned from his then current university, the University of Michigan, in May of 2012. The reason for his resignation was not made public.
The paper has been cited 20 times, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge, and the retraction brings Sanna’s total to five by our count.