Brazilian researcher on 11 retracted papers loses academic post
Denis de Jesus Lima Guerra, a co-author on 11 chemistry papers that were retracted in 2011 for suspicions of fraud, has lost his position at the Federal University of Mato Grosso (UFMT).
Bernardo Esteves, who was first to report the news, writes (courtesy Google Translate) that the dismissal was
based on four statutory grounds: to avail himself of the position to take personal advantage of administrative misconduct, lacking in loyalty to the institution that served and disrespect to the legal standards and regulations.
Why did the process take three years?
“The prosecuting Commission requested numerous extensions, considering the complexity of the facts, and conducting forensic, documentary and testimonial analyzes, with 14 witnesses,” he explained, by e-mail, the dean of UFMT, Maria Lucia Cavalli Neder. “The UFMT oversees the quality and credibility of their scientific production and regrets that this event has occurred, especially in a time of expanding its undergraduate, postgraduate and research,” said the dean.
The case also involved Guerra’s co-author, Claudio Airoldi, who was suspended for 45 days, and
led to the creation of a commission by CNPq Integrity in Scientific Activity to investigate allegations of misconduct. The doctor and biophysicist Paulo Sergio Lacerda Beirão, UFMG professor who headed the commission for two and a half years, recalled that the episode was very shocked the community. “We would prefer to think that this problem did not exist until the reality showed that it was different.”