Analyze this! Analytical Letters retracts chemistry paper for authorship misdirection
Analytical Letters has retracted a 2011 article by a chemistry researcher at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, who seems to have avoided giving credit where credit was due.
The article, “Conducting Polymer Matrix Poly(2,2′-bithiophene) Mercury Metal Incorporation,” was written (so readers were told) by Suzanne Lunsford.
Here’s how the retraction notice explains it:
We, the Editor and Publisher of Analytical Letters, are retracting the following article:
Suzanne Lunsford “Conducting Polymer Matrix Poly(2,2′-bithiophene) Mercury Metal Incorporation” Analytical Letters, 44.4 (2011): 727–735 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00032711003783143
The author’s institution, Wright State University, has conducted an investigation into the authorship of this article, and established that the claim of sole authorship is not justified. This constitutes a breach of warranties made by the author with respect to authorship. We note we received, peer-reviewed, accepted, and published the article in good faith based on these warranties, and censure this action.
The retracted article will remain online to maintain the scholarly record, but it will be digitally watermarked on each page as RETRACTED.
The study has yet to be cited, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge. Lunsford doesn’t list the retracted paper on her homepage. But she does include this article:
Developing a Conductive Polymer Electrochemically that Incorporates Mercury: A REEL Experiment, Lunsford, Suzanne, K., and Kingdom. R., Chemical Educator, 15, 155-157 (2010).R
R. Kingdom is Rachel Kingdom, who received a masters degree from Wright State in 2009 under the tutelage of Lunsford. Her topic?
“Incorporating Mercury Into A Conducting Polymer Matrix Containing Poly(2,2’-Bithiophene)”, Master in Chemistry
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