A journal has retracted a paper for a somewhat unusual reason — and swapped the article with an entirely new paper by different authors.
The journal, Materia Socio-Medica, said it’s retracting a paper about diet in dialysis patients because of some of the authors “un-ethical behaviors” in previous issues of the journal. In its place, the journal has published a paper about tuberculosis, also a curious move.
RETRACTED PAPERS FROM THE JOURNAL “MATERIA SOCIO-MEDICA” Concerning un-ethical behaviors of some authors of the papers published in previous issues of the journal “Materia Socio-Medica” Editorial Board and me as Editor-in-Chief decided to retract a paper. We follow COPE Retraction Guidelines (http://publicationethics.org/files/retraction%20guidelines_0.pdf) and publish a separately citation for retracted article. The case is: Jafari F, Mobasheri M, Mirzaeian R, Effect of Diet Education on Blood Pressure Changes and Interdialytic Weight in Hemodialysis Patients Admitted in Hajar Hospital in Shahrekord. Mater Sociomed. 2014 Aug; 26(4): 228-230. (RETRACTED). Changed with the article: Cukic V, Ustamujic A. Tuberculosis Pleurisy – Diagnostic Difficulties. Mater Sociomed. 2014 Aug; 26(4): 228-230.
The editor-in-chief, Izet Masic, did not respond to our emails.
The notice cites problems with previous issues of the journal, but we couldn’t find any other papers published by any of the other authors in previous issues of the journal. However, we did find another copy of the paper published in the same journal only months after the retracted version — the retracted paper was published in August, 2014, and another version appeared in October, 2014.
The new article, “Tuberculous Pleurisy – Diagnostic Difficulties,” has taken the original paper’s place in the August 2014 issue of the journal.
Materia Socio-Medica is not indexed by Thomson Reuters Web of Science.
We contacted corresponding author Mahmoud Mobasheri, at the Shahrekord University of Medical Sciences in Iran, and will update if we hear anything back.
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