Author who threatened to sue Retraction Watch has another paper withdrawn
Benjamin Jacob Hayempour, the researcher who threatened to sue us for asking questions about a retraction for plagiarism, has had another paper withdrawn.
The paper, published online in the journal Cureus, was titled “Novel Determinants of Tumour Radiosensitivity Post-Large-Scale Compound Library Screening” and had been available at http://www.cureus.com/articles/2394-novel-determinants-of-tumour-radiosensitivity-post-large-scale-compound-library-screening since January 13, but that URL now redirects to Cureus’s homepage.
We asked Cureus editor-in-chief John Adler for details, and he responded:
Yes this paper has been withdrawn. I can state confidently that the details for this decision do NOT relate to either scientific fraud or plagiarism. However, to protect the interests of some co-authors I do not want to say more.
The two co-authors were Abdul Azziz AlMana and Anand S. Patel. We’ve asked Hayempour for details, and will update with anything we learn.
Hayempour has corrected at least one paper. Find out more from Neuroskeptic, who discovered the issues in that article.
Update, 5:55 p.m. Eastern, 1/17/14: Hayempour tells us:
In the pursuit of excellent science, I personally withdrew the article temporarily in order to add an extra section which will make the paper more clinically relevant.