The paper, “Correlation of Electrocardiographic Changes and Myocardial Fibrosis in Patients With Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Detected by Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging,” came from corresponding author Hyun Suk Yang, of Konkuk University School of Medicine in Seoul, and a half-dozen colleagues. At least, that’s what the manuscript said.
But according to the retraction notice, Yang had nothing to do with the paper — nor did five other co-authors.
The following article from Clinical Cardiology, “Correlation of Electrocardiographic Changes and Myocardial Fibrosis in Patients With Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Detected by Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging,” by Bong Gun Song MD, Hyun Suk Yang MD, Hweung Kon Hwang MD, Gu Hyun Kang MD, Yong Hwan Park MD, Woo Jung Chun MD, and Ju Hyeon Oh MD, published online on October 15, 2012, in Wiley Online Library (wileyonlinelibrary.com), has been retracted by agreement between the authors, the journal Editor in Chief, Dr. A.J. Camm, and Wiley Periodicals, Inc. The retraction has been agreed because the manuscript was submitted by the first author without the permission of the institution where the research was conducted and without the knowledge or consent of the co-authors listed on the manuscript.
Now, we certainly have seen instances of an author submitting a manuscript without informing listed co-authors. But we can only recall one other case in which the corresponding author wasn’t in on the ruse.
The paper has been cited twice, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge.