As we reported the other day, a group of anesthesia journals was on the verge of revealing a list of 89 articles by Joachim Boldt that would require retraction because the German researcher had failed to receive proper approval from ethics officials for his studies. Today, the coalition issued a letter making the retractions official.
The 89 papers join an earlier retraction in October.
Of note: One editor has yet to sign the document. His name should ring a bell to followers of this blog — it’s L. Henry Edmunds, Jr., editor of the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, whose journal published one of Boldt’s tainted studies. We’ve been told that Edmunds — who once told us that the reasons for a particular retraction were “none of your damn business,” has been out of town and is likely to sign the letter.
Now about that asterisk: This “record” is a bit like weather records in that we should tell you we’ve only been “officially” keeping them since August 2010. We thought, for example, that Boldt had already set a record with 23, but a helpful commenter reminded us of the case of Andrzej Jendryczko, who in 1998 retracted 45 papers for plagiarism. At 89 — and likely soon 90 — Boldt blows him out of the water.