Sometimes, even a short notice catches our attention.
Such was the case with a recent retraction issued by Oncotarget for a 2016 paper related to the genetics that drive cancer.
Here’s the notice:
Due to the authors’ negligence during the preparation of this manuscript for submission, it contains a plethora of data errors. Authors sincerely apologize for their mistakes and wish to retract their manuscript.
“Androgen receptor CAG and GGN repeat length variation contributes more to the tumorigenesis of osteosarcoma” has been cited once since it was published in September 2016, according to Clarivate Analytics’ Web of Science.
Oncotarget is published by Impact, which was included in the now-defunct list of possible predatory publishers compiled by librarian Jeffrey Beall.
We’ve contacted the editors and corresponding author Zhaoming Ye, based at 3rd Hospital of Henan Province, Henan, China, to find out more. Unless we hear back from them or others with knowledge of the specific errors, we’re as mystified as the readers of Oncotarget.
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