Antonio Orlandi, a professor of electrical engineering at the University of L’Aquila, in Italy, has had 26 papers retracted from a single journal, on a single day.
It’s not entirely clear why the papers were retracted. As we reported earlier this week, IEEE, aka the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, announced that it was retracting 29 papers from the journal after finding “evidence of systematic violation of IEEE’s policies governing peer review of articles,” and that it was ousting three editors from membership in the organization.
A commenter on that post found the recent retractions. IEEE declined to provide a list of the 29 articles, so we can’t be sure that these 26 are among them — although it seems likely.
All of Orlandi’s retractions consist of this vague statement:
After careful consideration, this article has been retracted due to irregularities in the peer review process.
With the more than two dozen retractions, Orlandi, who did not respond to a request for comment, has joined our leaderboard of authors with the most retractions in the world, coming in at #22.
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