Linguistics retraction fails to speak clearly
Here’s the notice for “A Solution to Plato’s Problem: Faculty of Language as A Complex Non-Linear System”:
The editorial board announced this article has been retracted on August 18, 2010.
If you have any further question, please contact us at: email@example.com
So we tried that email. We had a very odd back and forth with editorial assistant Gavin Yu, who responded to a request for more details with the following:
The author has retracted the article in 2010, I am sorry that there is a mistake in the announcement, the date should be August 18, 2010.
We’ve pointed out that there was no mistake, since he was just confirming what the notice said, and asked for details that would bring the journal into line with the retraction guidelines published by the Committee for Publication Ethics. We also reached out to the author, and will report back if we find out more.
In the meantime, we’re hanging tight in Plato’s Cave.
Hat tip: Rolf Degen.