Liver study a twin, gets retracted
The liver is the only internal organ that can regenerate. So perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising that Egyptian researchers tried to publish the same paper about liver ischemia twice in different journals. They succeeded — for a little while, at least.
The Journal of Molecular Histology is retracting the second of the articles to appear. Titled “Effect of preischemic treatment with fenofibrate, a peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-α ligand, on hepatic ischemia–reperfusion injury in rats,” (which is still available online) it was published in 2011 by Vivian Boshra and Amal M. Moustafa of Mansoura University.
Trouble was, in 2011 Moustafa and Boshra, in that order, had also published “Effect of fenofibrate on the experimentally induced hepatic ischemia/reperfusion injury in rats: biochemical, light, and electron microscopic studies” in the Egyptian Journal of Histology (link to pdf).
That, as we know, is not done.
As the retraction notice states:
The article has been retracted due to duplicate publication. It was first published by the same authors as “Effect of fenofibrate on the experimentally induced hepatic schema/reperfusion injury in rats: biochemical, light, and electronic microscopic studies” in the Egyptian Journal of Histology, volume 34 (pages 103–116).
The now-retracted version has been cited once, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge, which does not appear to index the Egyptian journal.