What Caught Our Attention: When authors fail to respond to editors’ requests for information, it isn’t hard to imagine that the submitted manuscript will lose its publishing appeal. In this case, the journal and publisher withdrew the article after “repeated attempts” to contact the authors were unsuccessful.
The notice doesn’t say why the journal needed to get in touch with the authors; of course, some authors may cease correspondence for a variety of reasons, but there is usually some backstory. Since the authors disappeared, the withdrawn article has, as well.
Journal: FEBS Letters
Authors: Wen-Liang Tian, Rong Guo, Fang Wang, Zhong-Xing Jiang, Ping Tang, Yu-Min Huang and Ling Sun
Affiliations: Unknown (original article was withdrawn).
The above article from FEBS Letters, published online on the 18th of February 2017 in Wiley Online Library (http://wileyonlinelibrary.com) has been withdrawn by agreement between the Journal Managing Editor Felix Wieland and John Wiley & Sons Ltd., on behalf of the Federation of European Biochemical Sciences. The withdrawal has been agreed following repeated attempts by the journal and publisher to contact the authors regarding the publication of their article. Since no responses from the authors have been received the journal is unable to complete publication.
Date of Article: February 2017
Times Cited, according to Clarivate Analytics’ Web of Science: Article not yet indexed
Date of Notice: September 25, 2017
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