The journal’s December issue has at least five more such removal notices, all for the same problem.
The notices read:
This article has been removed at the request of the author.
This abstract was inadvertently published in the journal when the authors had requested that it should not.
The abstracts in question are:
- “PPARα and PPARδ nuclear receptor regulation of body weight and hepatic steatosis”
- “Development of human embryonic stem cell-derived hepatic cells for toxicology analysis”
- “Translational profiling of multiple myeloma cell lines RPMI8226 and 8226/R5 to discover novel markers of disease and drug resistance”
- “Non-catalytic mechanisms involved in glutathione S-transferase Pi mediated cytoprotection”
- “Acute depletion of the prion protein may abrogate Aβ oligomer toxicity”
We also noticed that the journal’s August 2012 issue contains a similar notice, for an abstract published in December 2011: “A polymorphism in the 5′ untranslated region of ERCC5 determines effectiveness of platinum-based chemotherapeutics.”
We attempted to reach one of the editors of the journal to confirm our hunch, but haven’t heard back yet.