The title of this post isn’t exactly how the one-sided conversation between the editors of Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment and a group of researchers went. But it seems likely it was pretty close.
Here’s an expression of concern for “A cross-sectional study on perception of stigma by Chinese schizophrenia patients:”
Concerns were raised about the paper in an email to the Editors from a reader. The reader called into question the validity of the conclusions along with the methodology used in analyzing the statistical findings. Dove Medical Press editors have attempted on many occasions and via different methods to contact the authors of this paper. The editors sought to obtain the authors responses to the questions raised by the reader which were supported by similar concerns expressed by independent biostatisticians.
We urge the authors to contact us to address these matters as if we do not hear from them we will have little option but to retract the paper.
The original paper was published in March by researchers at Tongde Hospital, Zhejiang Chinese Medical University, Hangzhou, China.
We sympathize, of course, since we often get the silent treatment when asking authors — and editors — for more information about particular retractions.
Hat tip: Rolf Degen