The reason: Evidently, those biometrics had already largely been described by another group.
Here’s the notice:
Statement of Retraction
The Editors and Publishers of Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences have retracted the following article:
“Multiple facial soft biometrics for person identification system” by A. Prakasha and Rajeswari Mukesha Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00450618.2013.788680
We are now cognisant that the authors reproduced significant extracts from another work without permission or acknowledgement, viz., “Bag of Soft Biometrics for Person Identification: New trends and challenges” by Antitza Dantcheva, Carmelo Velardo, Angela D’Angelo, and Jean Luc Dugelay, Multimedia Tools and Applications http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11042-010-0635-7
This action constitutes a breach of warranties made by the authors with respect to originality and provenance. We note we received, peer-reviewed, accepted, and published the article in good faith based on these warranties, and censure this action accordingly. The article has been removed to comply with the wishes of the injured parties.
a and Mukesh a are at Hindustan University, Chennai, India.
Update, 6:45 p.m. Eastern, 7/2/13: As Akhlesh notes below, the authors’ correct names are Prakash and Mukesh, not Prakasha and Mukesha, as in the notice. We’ve struck through the extra a’s in the last line.