Welcome to the Top 10, Fazlul Sarkar.
Sarkar, the cancer researcher formerly of Wayne State University who once tried to sue critics on PubPeer, has had another seven papers retracted. That makes a total of 40, and places him in the Top 10 of our leaderboard of authors with the most retractions.
The papers were cited between 22 and 231 times, according to Clarivate Analytics’ Web of Science.
Sarkar’s move up the leaderboard may be coming to an end. An investigation at Wayne State recommended that 42 of his papers be retracted.
A report of that investigation was first made public by The Scientist in 2016 — but PLOS ONE tells us they didn’t see it until last month, after a reader alerted them to its existence:
PLOS ONE was notified in 2015 of an ongoing investigation into Sarkar’s work, and that this included a PLOS ONE article for which concerns had been raised. However, we only became aware of the investigation’s outcome and the concerns with the other three articles when a reader notified us in late August, 2018 of the public investigation report. The institution recommended the retraction of 42 articles by Sarkar and his colleagues. In light of the institution’s findings, PLOS ONE is retracting four studies due to concerns including image manipulation, duplication, and data falsification.
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