What Caught Our Attention: We haven’t heard much about Bharat Aggarwal since his seven retractions in 2016 propelled him onto our leaderboard (and long after he threatened to sue Retraction Watch for our reporting). There was a whisper of a mention, when his name was listed as one of the organizers of a cancer conference from which MD Anderson (his former employer) had to publicly distance themselves as a co-sponsor.
The vast majority of retractions and corrections for Aggarwal were for image issues such as duplication and manipulation. This month, however, brings Aggarwal’s 19th retraction, this time for questions concerning “the scientific validity of the article.” It’s unclear what the issues are, but commenters at PubPeer give a few hints: One suggested a duplication problem in image 5. Another noted a that the editor of the journal, Gautam Sethi, has been an Aggarwal coauthor.
Indeed, our database shows Sethi and Aggarwal to be coauthors on two retractions and 2 corrections.
Journal: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Authors: Sahdeo Prasad, Amit K. Tyagi, Zahid H. Siddik, Bharat B. Aggarwal
Affiliations: University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, TX, USA
Following publication, concerns were raised regarding the scientific validity of the article. An investigation was therefore conducted in accordance with our established procedures. Following provision of raw data by the authors, the Chief Editor concluded that aspects of the paper’s conclusions and assertions were not sufficiently supported by the findings from the material provided. Namely that inconsistencies in experimental rigour preclude confirmation of the conclusion of the article.
The retraction of the article was approved by the Chief Editors of Pharmacology and the Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers.
The authors agree to the retraction.
Date of Article: December 2017
Times Cited, according to Clarivate Analytics’ Web of Science: Zero
Date of Notice: April 6, 2018
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