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This retraction stinks: Authors pull paper on pig gas

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ajasHere’s a stinky retraction.

The authors of a 2006 article in the Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences have yanked the paper — without an explanation.

The article, titled “Effectiveness of Lactobacillus plantarum strain KJ-10311 to remove characteristic Malodorous gases in piggery slurry,” came from J. D. Kim and K. M. Park. Kim appears to be a member of the journal’s editorial board, which perhaps explains why the authors were able to get away with this retraction notice:

The following article is retracted by the request of authors.

The paper has been cited twice, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge.

It’s a sad state of affairs when a spider has more to say about a pig than the authors of scientific paper. “Radiant” and “Terrific,” this notice ain’t.

Update, 12 Eastern, 2/6/14: As commenter Albert Donnay points out, this wasn’t Kim’s first retraction. Here’s the other one:

Announcement from the Editor-in-Chief Regarding Duplication Publication…

Recently, we noticed that the following two articles are the same, with only minor changes.

Jeong-Dong KIM, Jung-Hoon YOON, Yong-Ha PARK, Dae-Weon LEE, Kyou-Seung LEE, Chang-Hyun CHOI, Won-YeopPARK, and Kook-Hee KANG, Isolation and Identification of a Lactic acid Bacterial Strain KJ-108 and Its Capability for Deodorizing Malodorous Gases under Anaerobic Culture Conditions,
J. Microbiol. Biotechnol.,13, 207–216 (2003)

Jeong-Dong KIM and Kook-Hee KANG, Isolation of Lactobacillus sakei Strain KJ-2008 and Its Removal of Characteristic Malodorous Gases under Anaerobic Culture Conditions,
Biosci. Biotechnol. Biochem.,68, 2427–2435 (2004)

According to the description on the title page, the manuscript was accepted on November 23, 2002 by
J. Microbiol.Biotechnol. It was received on April 26, 2004 by Biosci. Biotechnol. Biochem.and was accepted on September 10, 2004. After considerable discussion, we came to the conclusion that the article should be retracted from Biosci. Biotechnol. Biochem. The two authors have agreed with our decision.
Kazumitsu Ueda, PhD
Editor-in-Chief
Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry

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  1. Most of the “researchers” that make your blog could probably use something like this
    to prevent stinking up the scientific record

    Ed Goodwin

    February 6, 2014 at 10:17 am

  2. This is not Kim’s first retraction on this subject.

    A search for the “Kim or Park” + Lactobacillus on PubMed
    finds another in which Kim –but not Park — reported similar effects from a different Lactobacillus strain:

    Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 2004 Dec;68(12):2427-35.
    Isolation of Lactobacillus sakei strain KJ-2008 and its removal of characteristic malodorous gases under anaerobic culture conditions.
    Kim JD, Kang KH.

    Retraction in
    Ueda K. Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 2013;77(10):2013R1.

    I can’t access this retraction, so hope someone who can will post whatever it says.
    I’m betting it does not say much more than the 2014 retraction.

    [Also have to say I'm a little surprised that RW didn't dig this up themselves. Must be a busy week.]

    Albert Donnay

    February 6, 2014 at 11:26 am

    • That retraction said the following:

      Announcement from the Editor-in-Chief Regarding Duplication Publication

      RETRACTION

      On the behalf of the Editorial Board of Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, I deeply regret to have to announce that a regular paper of Biosci. Biotechnol. Biochem., Vol 68 (12), 2427- 2435 (2004), is hereby retracted.

      Recently, we noticed that the following two articles are the same, with only minor changes.

      Jeong-Dong KfM, Jung-Hoon YOON, Yong-Ha PARK, Dae-Weon LEE, Kyou-Seung LEE, Chang-Hyun CHOI, Won-Yeop PARK, and Kook-Hee KANa, Isolation and Identification of a Lactic acid Bacterial Strain KJ-108 and Its Capability for Deodorizing Malodorous Gases under Anaerobic Culture Conditions, J. Microbial. Biotechnol. , 13, 207- 216 (2003)

      Jeong-Dong KfM and Kook-Hee KANG, Isolation of Lactobacillus sakei Strain KJ-2008 and Its Removal of Characteristic Malodorous Gases under Anaerobic Culture Conditions, Biosci. Biotechnol. Biochem., 68, 2427- 2435 (2004)

      According to the description on the title page, the manuscript was accepted on November 23, 2002 by J. Microbiol. Biotechnol. It was received on April 26, 2004 by Biosci. Biotechnol. Biochem. and was accepted on September 10, 2004.

      After considerable discussion, we carne to the conclusion that the article should be retracted from Biosci. Biotechnol. Biochem. The two authors have agreed with our decision.

      Kazumitsu Ueda, PhD

      Editor-in-Chief

      Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry

      The Watcher

      February 6, 2014 at 11:54 am

    • The retraction is available free from the journal website on JSTAGE, the Japanese journals platform.

      https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/bbb/77/10/77_2013R1/_pdf

      Announcement from the Editor-in-Chief Regarding Duplication Publication…

      Recently, we noticed that the following two articles are the same, with only minor changes.

      Jeong-Dong KIM, Jung-Hoon YOON, Yong-Ha PARK, Dae-Weon LEE, Kyou-Seung LEE, Chang-Hyun CHOI, Won-YeopPARK, and Kook-Hee KANG, Isolation and Identification of a Lactic acid Bacterial Strain KJ-108 and Its Capability for Deodorizing Malodorous Gases under Anaerobic Culture Conditions,
      J. Microbiol. Biotechnol.,13, 207–216 (2003)

      Jeong-Dong KIM and Kook-Hee KANG, Isolation of Lactobacillus sakei Strain KJ-2008 and Its Removal of Characteristic Malodorous Gases under Anaerobic Culture Conditions,
      Biosci. Biotechnol. Biochem.,68, 2427–2435 (2004)

      According to the description on the title page, the manuscript was accepted on November 23, 2002 by
      J. Microbiol.Biotechnol. It was received on April 26, 2004 by Biosci. Biotechnol. Biochem.and was accepted on September 10, 2004. After considerable discussion, we came to the conclusion that the article should be retracted from Biosci. Biotechnol. Biochem. The two authors have agreed with our decision.
      Kazumitsu Ueda, PhD
      Editor-in-Chief
      Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry

      Shirley Ainsworth

      February 6, 2014 at 11:55 am

      • Another case of duplicate publication here on RW!!!

        Shirley Ainsworth

        February 6, 2014 at 11:56 am

        • Thanks to all those who so quickly found and posted the text of the 2013 retraction.
          I’m amazed that the editor says he only reached the decision to retract “After considerable discussion” — seems like this should have been a very easy call.

          To the late great Pete Seeger, which I find myself doing frequently now:
          “Oh when will they ever learn?”
          (Where Have All The Flowers Gone, Sanga Music Inc, BMI, 1955)

          Albert Donnay

          February 6, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    • Updated with a link, thanks. Every week is a busy week at Retraction Watch — that’s why we appreciate all our commenters who add to our posts!

      ivanoransky

      February 6, 2014 at 11:59 am

    • The Biosci Biotechnol Biochem retraction says that the editorial board noticed the article was nearly identical to a previously published article (J Microbial Biotechnol 13: 207-216, by Kim and Kang plus six other authors).

      SMS

      February 6, 2014 at 12:01 pm


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