Melendez Science paper retracted, making 13
Alirio Melendez, who has already had 12 papers retracted from various journals and been found guilty of scientific misconduct by a former employer, has had a Science paper retracted.
Here’s the notice (which is behind a paywall):
There are several problems with the Report “Sphk1 regulates proinflammatory responses associated with endotoxin and polymicrobial sepsis” by P. Puneet et al. (1). Specifically, Figs. 3D and 4B contain images that were generated by author Puneet for the Science paper, but had been used in previous publications [see (2,3)] without her knowledge or consent. Images in Fig. 3D are also found in Fig. 4B. Irregularities in other figures have been suggested, and the validity of the data cannot be confirmed. Finally, sections of the text are similar or identical to sections of (4).
For these reasons, the authors below wish to retract the paper. Author Alirio J. Melendez has not been available to sign the Retraction. The National University of Singapore has completed an investigation into the irregularities in this paper and has concluded that sole responsibility for the irregularities rests with author Melendez.
The notice is signed by all of the authors except Melendez.
Science had issued an expression of concern about the paper in October 2011, after the authors replaced two figures in November 2010. The paper has been cited 62 times, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge.