Follow this timeline, if you would:
- August 14, 2013: Former UConn researcher Dipak Das, who was found to have committed misconduct, submits a paper to Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity.
- September 19, 2013: Das dies.
- October 17, 2013: Das submits revisions to his paper in Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity.
- October 18, 2013: Paper accepted.
- January 12, 2014: Paper published.
That would appear to be what the timeline on the paper — which lists Das as corresponding author, along with a Gmail address — says:
Received 14 August 2013; Revised 17 October 2013; Accepted 18 October 2013; Published 12 January 2014
Now, papers are occasionally published posthumously. But one would expect that those would note the passing of the scientist, and not list him or her as corresponding author along with his or her email address:
Correspondence should be addressed to Dipak K. Das; email@example.com
The paper also lists Das’s affiliation as UConn, despite the fact that he was fired from his post there in 2012.
We’ve emailed the Das email address to ask whomever’s monitoring it for details, and have tried to contact the academic editor for the paper, and the journal’s publisher, Hindawi. We’ll update with anything we learn.
Update, 1 p.m. Eastern, 4/8/14: We heard back from the journal, which didn’t exactly answer our question:
Please note that manuscript titled “Antiaging Properties of a Grape-Derived Antioxidant Are Regulated by Mitochondrial Balance of Fusion and Fission Leading to Mitophagy Triggered by a Signaling Network of Sirt1-Sirt3-Foxo3-PINK1-PARKIN” was submitted on August, 14 2013 and Dr. Dipak K. Das has already approved manuscript’s submission, and he has a contribution in scientific content of the paper.
We are aware that Dr. Das died on September 19, 2013. However, since he has contributed to the scientific content of the manuscript his name should have been kept in the authors’ list, and the final version has been approved by other participating authors of the manuscript.