Fair warning: We’re really not sure what’s going on here.
The authors of “Effect of total flavonoids on expression of collagen, TGF-β1, and Smad 7 in hypertrophic scars,” a 2018 paper in the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, have retracted it for, well, lots of reasons.
None of them is exactly clear.
Here’s the notice:
I sincerely apologize for that I have to apply for retraction of the paper IJCEM0067182 titled Effect of total flavonoids on expression of collagen, TGF-β1, and Smad 7 in hypertrophic scars.
This paper has some severe problems. First of all, the references 13 to 16 are not allowed to be cited according our current local policy. And the traditional medicine we used in our preliminary study are involved in some severe law issues, and need further examination. Besides, there are also some author rights disagreements. Thus we decided to withdraw this paper with great pity.
And, of course, after these problems are solved, we will submit a more well-prepared manuscript to your journal. I sincerely say sorry for all the staffs involved, and thank you very much for your time and consideration.
Neither the corresponding author of the paper, nor the editor in chief and associate editor in chief of the journal have responded to requests for more information. We’ll update with anything we learn.
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