The authors of a 2006 article in the Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences have yanked the paper — without an explanation.
The article, titled “Effectiveness of Lactobacillus plantarum strain KJ-10311 to remove characteristic Malodorous gases in piggery slurry,” came from J. D. Kim and K. M. Park. Kim appears to be a member of the journal’s editorial board, which perhaps explains why the authors were able to get away with this retraction notice:
The following article is retracted by the request of authors.
The paper has been cited twice, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge.
It’s a sad state of affairs when a spider has more to say about a pig than the authors of scientific paper. “Radiant” and “Terrific,” this notice ain’t.
Announcement from the Editor-in-Chief Regarding Duplication Publication…
Recently, we noticed that the following two articles are the same, with only minor changes.
Jeong-Dong KIM, Jung-Hoon YOON, Yong-Ha PARK, Dae-Weon LEE, Kyou-Seung LEE, Chang-Hyun CHOI, Won-YeopPARK, and Kook-Hee KANG, Isolation and Identification of a Lactic acid Bacterial Strain KJ-108 and Its Capability for Deodorizing Malodorous Gases under Anaerobic Culture Conditions,
J. Microbiol. Biotechnol.,13, 207–216 (2003)
Jeong-Dong KIM and Kook-Hee KANG, Isolation of Lactobacillus sakei Strain KJ-2008 and Its Removal of Characteristic Malodorous Gases under Anaerobic Culture Conditions,
Biosci. Biotechnol. Biochem.,68, 2427–2435 (2004)
According to the description on the title page, the manuscript was accepted on November 23, 2002 by
J. Microbiol.Biotechnol. It was received on April 26, 2004 by Biosci. Biotechnol. Biochem.and was accepted on September 10, 2004. After considerable discussion, we came to the conclusion that the article should be retracted from Biosci. Biotechnol. Biochem. The two authors have agreed with our decision.
Kazumitsu Ueda, PhD
Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry