Has the Annals of Thoracic Surgery had a change of heart? Evidently the publication that told us nearly two years ago, in effect, that the reasons for retractions in its pages were “none of [our] damn business” has decided that information is worth sharing after all.
The ATS has retracted a paper it published in October. The article, titled “Development and Validation of a New Outcome Score in Subglottic Stenosis,” came from a group of researchers in Florence, Italy.
As the notice explains:
This article has been retracted at the request of the Editor-in-Chief.
Reason: This article has been retracted for scientific misconduct for reproducing a table but failing to acknowledge and cite the previous, original work from which it was taken: Nouraei SAR, Nouraei SM, Upile T, Howard DJ and Sandhu GS. A proposed system for documenting the functional outcome of adult laryngotracheal stenosis. Clinical Otolaryngology 2007;32:407–409, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1749-4486.2007.01474.x.
We congratulate the journal on its straightforward handling of this case.
What the notice doesn’t say is that the senior author of the offending paper, Paolo Macchiarini, is a major figure in the world of thoracic surgery and regenerative medicine. Macchiarini, whom the Italian press calls a “superchirurgo” — super surgeon — is credited with having performed pioneering work on trachea transplants in both adults and children.