We’ve been following the case of Jesús A. Lemus, the Spanish veterinary researcher with five retractions and two expressions of concern under his belt so far for suspected data fabrication and including a fake author on his papers.
Yes, a fake author. When this story first broke, El Pais called Javier Grande a ” ghost with a good academic background with at least six scientific publications in international journals.”
Grande’s — and Lemus’s — publication count declined by one more yesterday, as Environmental Microbiology retracted a 2007 paper:
The following article from Environmental Microbiology, ‘Geographical variation in cloacal microflora and bacterial antibiotic resistance in a threatened avian scavenger in relation to diet and livestock farming practices’ by Guillermo Blanco, Jesús A. Lemus, Javier Grande, Laura Gangoso, Juan M. Grande, José A. Donázar, Bernardo Arroyo, Oscar Frías and Fernando Hiraldo published in Environmental Microbiology 9(7): 1738–1749, and online ahead of print on 25 April 2007, doi: 10.1111/j.1462-2920.2007.01291.x, has been retracted by agreement between Guillermo Blanco, José A. Donázar, Fernando Hiraldo, Óscar Frías, Laura Gangoso, Juan M. Grande, Felix Martínez, Bernardo Arroyo, the journal Editor-in-Chief Kenneth N. Timmis, and Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
The retraction has been agreed because:
There are doubts about the validity of the results on bacterial flora composition and antibiotic resistances (Table 1, Fig. 1–6), on which the main conclusions of the article were based. The authors were unable to repeat the analyses presented in the article with the same cloacal swab samples, given the likelihood of changes in the microbial compositions of the samples with time. Additionally, the authors were unable to identify Javier Grande. The authors hope to attempt determining the reliability of the results and hypotheses stated in the paper by using additional samples collected in the future. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience to the readership of Environmental Microbiology.
The paper has been cited 26 times, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge.