A cancer researcher who went to court — unsuccessfully — claiming that commenters on PubPeer had cost him a new job has just lost another 12 papers.
The twelve now-retracted papers by Fazlul Sarkar and colleagues — as well as another by Sarkar that is now subject to an editor’s note — all appeared in Cancer Research, which made for a long table of contents in its September 15 issue.
The papers were cited anywhere from 39 to 276 times, according to Clarivate Analytics’ Web of Science, with the top citation earner named a “highly cited paper,” meaning it was cited more than 99% of all other papers in its field published the same year.
By our count, Sarkar is now up to 33 retractions, at least a dozen corrections and one editor’s note. An investigation at Wayne State found that he had engaged in widespread misconduct, and recommended that 42 of his papers be retracted.
According to the retraction notices, the journal sent copies of all 12 to Sarkar’s last known email address, but he did not respond. In most cases, at least one of the other authors agreed with the retractions.
Earlier this month, the American Association for Cancer Research, which publishes Cancer Research, retracted 10 papers from various journals and apologized for how slowly they had handled such cases. Publisher Christine Rullo also wrote that “It will take several months to publish various types of corrections related to a number of older cases on which we are working.”
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