This is a case of family values gone awry: The author common to all papers is Cheng-Wu Chen at the National Kaohsiung Marine University in Taiwan, the twin brother of one Peter Chen, who was a the center of a peer review ring that SAGE busted in 2014 (and holder of the number #3 spot on our leaderboard). Cheng-Wu Chen apparently wasn’t an innocent bystander in that episode: Of the 60 retracted papers by SAGE, Cheng-Wu Chen was a co-author on 21.
The article listed above, published online on Wiley Online Library (wileyonlinelibrary.com), has been retracted by agreement between the journal Editors-in-Chief, Gavriel Salvendy and Waldemar Karwowski, and Wiley Periodicals, Inc. The retraction has been agreed due to evidence indicating that the peer review of this paper was compromised. It is believed that the paper was accepted based on recommendations from reviewers with conflicts of interest. In addition, ISI provided the publisher with evidence of inappropriate manipulation of citations.
The papers on which that note appears are:
- “Human factors of knowledge-sharing intention among taiwanese enterprises: A model of hypotheses,” which has been cited 41 times, earning a “highly cited” designation from Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge.
- “A study of a B2C supporting interface design system for the elderly,” which has been cited 29 times.
- “The relationship between personality traits and sales force automation usage: A preliminary study,” cited 10 times.
We’ve reached out to the journal, and to Chen.
We also asked SAGE about Chen’s involvement in the peer review ring. A spokesperson sent us this statement:
SAGE Publishing’s investigation into peer review misconduct at Journal of Vibration and Control was completed in July 2014. The statement concerning the retractions can be viewed at: https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/press/sage-statement-on-journal-of-vibration-and-control
A full list of the Journal of Vibration and Control multiple retractions can be viewed here. We can confirm Cheng-Wu Chen from National Kaohsiung Marine University was listed as a named author on 21 of the 60 retracted papers. As stated in the original statement, the retractions were based on evidence that at least one author or reviewer was implicated in the peer review ring.
Hat tip: Marco van de Weert
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