Irony alert: If you’re going to publish in the Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, you’d better be able to play well with others.
Not so, it seems, with a certain Darrel Montero. Montero, an associate professor in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University, and his colleagues have lost their 2012 paper in the journal for what appears to be a case of data theft.
As the retraction notice explains:
We, the Editor and the Publisher of the Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, are retracting the following article:
Cota, G., Hamilton, K., Haynie, K., & Montero, D. (2012). Immigration in the United States and What Social Workers Should Know. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 22:7, 789–800. The article is being retracted due to false classification of Karen Haynie as an author, and additionally for using a portion of Karen Haynie’s manuscript without consent. Dr. Darrel Montero accepts that this constitutes a breach of the Journal’s policy with respect to ethics and authorship described here, viz.,
“The Corresponding Author must ensure all named co-authors consent to publication and to being named as a co-author. All persons who have made significant scientific or literary contributions to the work reported should be named as co-authors.”
Dr. Darrel Montero accepts that the Editors and Publishers of the article received, reviewed, and published the work in good faith, and bear no responsibility for this error.
Haynie, according to her LinkedIn page, was a masters student at ASU a few years ago, and also was an undergrad at the school. She says she is now an archaeologist/journalist/analyst covering terrorism and other subjects for Thomson Reuters (Ivan’s former employer), and an all-around “human behavior expert.”
It’s nice that the journal had Montero absolve them of any responsibility in the matter — because, in fact, they do bear some. Any journal that still believes it can rely on a single author to attest to the validity of the data, the authorship and every other aspect of an article is begging to be duped. Leaving your door unlocked for a burglar doesn’t make his crime any less wrong, but it sure does make you look like a fool.