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Oops: Math journal retracts paper accepted by “accidental administrative error”

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jmaaMath journal editors can add — but they can also subtract.

That’s what happened to a 2012 paper in the Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications (JMAA), “On the fractional Ostrowski inequality with uncertainty.”

Here’s the notice:

This article has been retracted: please see Elsevier Policy on Article Withdrawal (http://www.elsevier.com/locate/withdrawalpolicy)

This article has been retracted at the request of the Editor-in-Chief.

An accidental administrative error sent out an Accept decision to the author. The handling editor sincerely apologizes for his error in the processing of this manuscript.

We’ve tried to reach the corresponding author of the paper, and will update with anything we learn.

The last time we wrote about the JMAA, it was because the journal was one of those that published studies mistakenly after the Elsevier peer review system was hacked. Elsevier tells us this error was unrelated.

Here’s the conclusion of the paper, in case you were wondering:

Investigating some problems in fractional case under uncertainty have been considered widely. To do so, we investigated the well-known inequality,the so-called fractional Ostrowski inequality under uncertainty. In this regard, the left and the right fuzzy fractional integrations and differentiation in Caputo sense have been obtained. Then, some useful results are proved.

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Written by Ivan Oransky

April 22, 2013 at 11:00 am

5 Responses

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  1. No wonder it must be retracted! Their last sentence “Further research is warranted” is missing.


    April 22, 2013 at 11:16 am

  2. This almost happened to me last week as handling editor, when I looked at two manuscripts at the same time and clicked accept in the wrong window…fortunately the journal I edit for only sends the letter to the authors after journal staff review it, so it could still be intercepted.


    April 22, 2013 at 11:19 am

    • Precisely why my staff reviews the letters and pushes them out to authors. Not that staff can’t make a mistake but we look at the reviews and the summary and the letter choosen. Editors make mistakes all the time when choosing from a pulldown list.

      Angela Cochran

      April 23, 2013 at 9:47 am

  3. It happened to me once with one of those Editors doing the job after retirement and probably thinking of something else, like fishing or playing golf.


    April 22, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    • Please don’t blame mistakes just on age. I made plenty of mistakes before I retired.

      MaryEllen Straebler

      April 28, 2013 at 7:03 am

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