The journal Protein & Cell has retracted a 2012 paper on fungi-like organisms that took a step in the direction of proper citation — but didn’t quite get there.
The article, “Cryptomycota: the missing link,” came from Krishna Bolla and Elizabeth Jane Ashforth, who are affiliated with Key Laboratory of Pathogenic Microbiology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Bejing.
But as the retraction notice explains, Bolla wasn’t careful enough about good publishing hygiene:
This article has been retracted. Although the article “James, T.Y., and Berbee, M.L. (2011). No jacket required — new fungal lineage defies dress code. Bioassays. doi:10.1002/bies.201100110” was cited, Bolla K unintentionally copied smaller parts of the text. The authors apologize to the authors of the BioEssays paper and the readers of Protein & Cell.
The paper has yet to be cited, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge.
In case you’re wondering — we were — cryptomycota are called “hidden fungi” and, according to this Wikipedia entry, are either fungi or damn close.