Journal retracts nine papers in one day by author under investigation at the Weizmann Institute

On April 27, the Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC) retracted nine papers by a researcher based in Israel, including some dating back to 2000. The reason: Image manipulation. Michal Neeman, vice president of The Weizmann Institute of Science, told us that the researcher, Rony Seger, is under investigation following an allegation of misconduct affecting papers in multiple … Continue reading Journal retracts nine papers in one day by author under investigation at the Weizmann Institute

How a researcher’s request to correct one paper turned into 19 retractions

Last year, a cancer researcher wrote to the Journal of Biological Chemistry, asking to correct one of his papers. The journal responded by requesting the raw data used to prepare his figures. Then, in a follow-up request, it asked for raw data behind the figures in 20 additional published articles. And when all was said and … Continue reading How a researcher’s request to correct one paper turned into 19 retractions

Cancer researcher retracts 19 studies at once

A former cancer biologist at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida has retracted 19 papers from a single journal. Jin Cheng, who studies how ovarian cancer develops, withdrew 19 papers from the Journal of Biological Chemistry originally published over the last 15 years, and corrected another. All of the retractions are for image manipulation. For … Continue reading Cancer researcher retracts 19 studies at once

A publisher just retracted ten papers whose peer review was “engineered” — despite knowing about the problem of fake reviews for years

Many publishers have been duped by fake peer reviews, which have brought down more than 600 papers to date. But some continue to get fooled. Recently, SAGE retracted 10 papers published as part of two special collections in Advances in Mechanical Engineering after discovering the peer review process that had been managed by the guest … Continue reading A publisher just retracted ten papers whose peer review was “engineered” — despite knowing about the problem of fake reviews for years

Authors withdraw immunology study, no reasons given

Researchers have withdrawn a 2010 article in the Journal of Biological Chemistry about an immune regulator. The paper was pulled without any explanation (in standard JBC style). Here’s the complete notice: This article has been withdrawn by the authors. The study’s authors were based out of Shandong University Medical School, Jinan General Hospital of Jinan Command … Continue reading Authors withdraw immunology study, no reasons given

Chinese medical case study erased after guardian consent withdrawn

The editor of the Journal of Medical Case Reports, a BioMed Central title, has retracted and removed a case study of a novel surgical treatment after the patient’s legal guardian withdrew consent post-publication. The paper, “Novel two-stage surgical treatment for Cantrell syndrome complicated by severe pulmonary hypertension: a case report,” describes the treatment of a … Continue reading Chinese medical case study erased after guardian consent withdrawn

Wayward “contractor” prompts expression of concern for PLoS ONE paper on cancer cells

The editors of PLoS ONE have issued an Expression of Concern (which seems likely to become a retraction) for a 2014 paper by a group of researchers in China who claim to have been led astray by a contractor hired to “edit the language” of the report. The article, “Arsenic Sulfide Promotes Apoptosis in Retinoid … Continue reading Wayward “contractor” prompts expression of concern for PLoS ONE paper on cancer cells

Want to make sure your paper gets published? Just do your own peer review like this researcher did

We’ve reported on some pretty impressive cases of researchers doing their own peer review, one of which led to 28 retractions. We have another. Yongdeng Lei, of the School of Geography and Remote Sensing Science at Beijing Normal University, pulled the wool over the eyes of two Springer journals. Here’s the notice from Environmental Management … Continue reading Want to make sure your paper gets published? Just do your own peer review like this researcher did

And then there were eight: Three more retractions for Alirio Melendez, all in the Journal of Immunology

Alirio Melendez, who has already retracted five papers and was found by one of his former universities to have committed misconduct on more than 20, has three more retractions. Here’s the notice for “Antisense Knockdown of Sphingosine Kinase 1 in Human Macrophages Inhibits C5a Receptor-Dependent Signal Transduction, Ca2+ Signals, Enzyme Release, Cytokine Production, and Chemotaxis,” … Continue reading And then there were eight: Three more retractions for Alirio Melendez, all in the Journal of Immunology