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Failure at System — systems failure? — leads to duplicate publication, retraction

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systemcoverThe journal System evidently needs a new one — at least when it comes to production.

The publication has been forced to retract an article that it published twice — in the same issue.

Here’s what happened:

The publisher regrets sincerely that an error in its production office resulted in the below article appearing in this issue twice. To remedy this error, pages 522–532 from this issue have been retracted.

SYS, 40 (2012) 522–532, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.system.2012.10.017. The duplicate article has therefore been withdrawn.

As a consequence, pages 522–532 related to the duplicate article are missing from the printed issue. The publisher sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Written by Adam Marcus

December 11, 2012 at 9:30 am

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  1. Same has happened to me in 2003. Indoor Air published our article word for word in June and then again in September. They did publish a ‘correction’, however, both articles are still on PubMed and SCOPUS.

    Rob Siebers

    December 11, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    • That is one way to double your productivity!


      December 11, 2012 at 3:58 pm

  2. Obviously this journal requires good editors and a half-decent publisher..


    December 13, 2012 at 4:58 am

  3. Presuming that the original article actually has worthwhile, citeable content, what are the chances someone else working in the field will find first the retraction notice without reading it, and either ignore the article, or essentially reproduce it, believing that the initial article was retracted for bad results or worse?


    December 15, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    • Low — did you actually read the retraction notice? It very carefully doesn’t list authors or the title, and the text is unambiguous.


      December 16, 2012 at 10:45 am

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