The author of a 2006 review article published in Abdominal Imaging has retracted it because it hews too closely to previously published articles.
The review described the latest imaging techniques used in cancer, focusing on genitourinary conditions.
Here’s the full text of the retraction notice for “New Horizons in Genitourinary Oncologic Imaging”:
This review article has been retracted upon the request of the author as it contains similar text and illustrations to previously published articles. For further information, please contact the author Hedvig Hricak, MD at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So we did just that. But in response to our request for comment, Hricak, chair of the Department of Radiology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, said she didn’t have much to add to the information in the notice:
Thank you for reaching out about this. The text for the retraction accurately describes the reasons. Since the review article is nine years old and out of date, the decision was to ask for a retraction rather than an erratum. The paper was strictly a review article and did not report any original research data.
It’s not quite clear to us why an erratum rather than a retraction would have been appropriate if the article were more recent, nor can we determine whether the “similar text and illustrations” stem from articles previously published by Hricak or by other researchers. Hricak didn’t reply to a further email requesting clarification on those points. Our email to Springer, the publisher of the journal, has also not been returned so far.
Hricak is highly cited;. This particular article has been cited 9 times.
Hat tip: Rolf Degen
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