In April, a Cardiff investigation found that Rossen Donev, a former researcher at the university, had manipulated images in four different papers. Donev, who was at the University of Swansea until August, according to his LinkedIn profile, and is now director of Biomed Consult Ltd., had already retracted a Journal of Immunology paper in late 2011 after a different Cardiff investigation.
The investigation cleared co-author and dean Paul Morgan of misconduct. Morgan resigned from Cardiff in August, but “he categorically denied that his decision had anything to do with the misconduct investigation,” according to Times Higher Education.
Here’s the new notice, from Cancer Research:
The article titled “p53 Regulates Cellular Resistance to Complement Lysis through Enhanced Expression of CD59,” which was published in the February 15, 2006, issue of Cancer Research (1), is being retracted at the request of the authors following the release of the conclusions of an internal investigation panel established by Cardiff University to examine allegations of research misconduct in the preparation of the manuscript. The panel found evidence of splicing or pasting affecting Figs. 1B and 4A, without indication that this had been done. The panel feels that although these image manipulations cannot be characterized as “fabrication” because there is no reason to doubt the validity of the underlying science in the article, they represent unacceptable practice when submitting a manuscript for publication. Dr. R.M. Donev accepted full responsibility for these actions. The panel concluded that none of the other coauthors of this manuscript knew, or had reason to suspect, that the data presented in the manuscript had been manipulated by Dr. R.M. Donev.
Four of the five authors agreed to this Retraction. Attempts to contact the first author, Rossen M. Donev, were unsuccessful.
Duncan S. Cole, Baalasubramanian Sivasankar, Timothy R. Hughes, B. Paul Morgan
Department of Medical Biochemistry and Immunology, School of Medicine, Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom.
The study has been cited 22 times, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge.
Please see an update on this post.
Hat tip: Rolf Degen