On January 12, we got hold of a retraction at AGRIVITA Journal of Agricultural Science a small journal published by the University of Brawijaya in Indonesia.
We went about our usual process, emailing authors and editors looking for more details. The retraction mentioned a double publication. It gave enough details that we’re fairly sure the earlier publication was this one, “Performance of Korean Soybean Varieties in Indonesia,” in the Journal of the Korean Society of International Agriculture.
However, when we went back to write up this post, we noticed something odd. The retraction notice of “Expressions of Introduced Soybean Varieties from Korea” was no longer to be found! And the link to the paper itself now forwards you on to the main page for Agrivita.
It still shows up in Google:
But when you click the link you get an error.
It could just be a mistake with the page, but it seems like something more than that. We happened to still have the main page as it looked on January 12, where you can see the retraction posted on December 24:
Here’s what the Announcements section of the page looks now:
We’ve reached out to Agrivita — which no doubt refers to plant life, but is also remarkably similar to “aggravation” — to try and get to the bottom of this mystery. In the meantime, hold your loved ones – and retractions – close, there might be a monster on the loose!