Duplication leads to recall of toxicology paper
The article, “Bacterial lipopolysaccharide-induced oxidative stress in adult rat Sertoli cells in vitro,” was written by Hamdy A.A. Aly, Hany A. El-Shemy and David A. Lightfoot, a professor of biotechnology and genomics at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. El-Shemy, now of Cairo University, was a visiting scholar at SICU a few years ago, and he and Lightfoot have published together several times.
According to the retraction notice:
This article has been retracted at the request of the Editors-in-Chief.
The authors have plagiarized part of a paper that had already appeared in Egyptian Journal of Biomedical Sciences, Vol 27, July, 2008. One of the conditions of submission of a paper for publication is that authors declare explicitly that their work is original and has not appeared in a publication elsewhere. Re-use of any data should be appropriately cited. As such this article represents a severe abuse of the scientific publishing system. The scientific community takes a very strong view on this matter and apologies are offered to readers of the journal that this was not detected during the submission process.
An abstract of the earlier paper is available here. The study has been cited 13 times, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge.