Hydrogen study has “merit” — just not enough to avoid retraction

The International Journal of Hydrogen Energy has retracted a paper by a group from Malaysia and India who, reading between the lines, couldn’t quite get the low notes to overcome what the high notes lacked. Or something like that.

The paper, “Hydrogen production from sea water using waste aluminium and calcium oxide,” appears to have come out of the quaintly named 7th Petite Workshop on the Defect Chemical Nature of Energy Materials, held in March 2011 in Norway.

According to the notice:

This article has been retracted at the request of the Editor-in-Chief.

Although the authors believe their work is of merit, repeating some of the studies indicated there were some errors in their paper and therefore they have requested its retraction.

We’re not sure if the evident conflict over who requested the retraction is a real discrepancy or merely semantics, and no one has responded to our requests for comment. Still, the net result’s the same.

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