Forged authorship sinks melanoma paper
The paper was titled “Construction of circular miRNA sponges targeting miR-21 or miR-221 and demonstration of their excellent anticancer effects on malignant melanoma cells,” and it was led by Yuchen Liu. Liu’s affiliations include the Institute of Dermatology and Department of Dermatology at No. 1 Hospital, part of Anhui Medical University, and the State Key Laboratory Incubation Base of Dermatology for the Ministry of National Science and Technology.
Here’s the retraction notice:
This article has been retracted on the request of the Editor-in-Chief and the first author of the paper, because after publication, it became clear that the first author submitted the paper without the consent and knowledge of the corresponding author.
We felt that this action is against both the scientific ethic and the policy of IJBCB. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused the scientific community and readers of the journal.
The paper has yet to be cited, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge.
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