Lancet retracts letter on plight of nurses treating COVID-19 patients

The Lancet Global Health retracts a letter about the plight of nurses treating COVID-19 patients in Wuhan published on February 26. Can editors of peer-reviewed journals take a moral high-ground and make disparaging comments about preprints? On February 26, The Lancet Global Health retracted a letter by two nurses from Guangzhou province just two days … Continue reading Lancet retracts letter on plight of nurses treating COVID-19 patients

NEJM retracts Chandigarh doctors’ image for plagiarism, case concoction

Indian doctors at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh have their 'Image in Clinical Medicine' photo published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) retracted. It is not only a case of image plagiarism, but concoction of a medical case they never came across. If by now researchers in India have become aware … Continue reading NEJM retracts Chandigarh doctors’ image for plagiarism, case concoction

IISc professor has two papers retracted, three corrected for image issues

Two papers of Prof. Kithiganahalli N. Balaji from IISc have been retracted and three more have been corrected for issues with images, including duplication and undeclared gel splices. Two more papers of his have been listed on PubPeer website. On December 13, 2019, two papers of Prof. Kithiganahalli N. Balaji from the Department of Microbiology … Continue reading IISc professor has two papers retracted, three corrected for image issues

65 papers from India retracted for image falsification/fabrication, errors

Among papers retracted in chemistry and material sciences in 2017-2018, 17.2% was from India though only 7.3% papers from India were published, thus contributing to 2.4-fold difference between retractions and papers published. With 18 papers, Dr. Rashmi Madhuri and Dr. Prashant Sharma from IIT Dhanbad had the “largest clusters of retractions in the two-year period”. … Continue reading 65 papers from India retracted for image falsification/fabrication, errors

127 papers from India retracted for image duplication, manipulation

The searchable database of retracted papers launched by RetractionWatch shows 982 papers from India have been retracted so far. Of these, 330 have been retracted for plagiarism and, surprisingly, 118 papers for image duplication and/or manipulation. The number of papers retracted for image issues has suddenly increased since 2016, with 37 papers retracted in 2018 … Continue reading 127 papers from India retracted for image duplication, manipulation

Two scientists at Bose Institute have 14 papers with manipulated, duplicated images

A research group at the Department of Chemistry, Bose Institute, Kolkata has 14 problematic papers with image manipulation and/or duplication listed on Pubpeer website. Two papers have been retracted and two more have been corrected for image manipulation. The two senior researchers of the group admit that there has been “inadvertent misrepresentation of images”.   Manipulation and/or … Continue reading Two scientists at Bose Institute have 14 papers with manipulated, duplicated images

About 35,000 papers may need retraction for doctored images

Researchers have been able to spot inappropriately duplicated images in 59 of 960 papers published in one journal between 2009 and 2016. Of the 59, five were retracted. They conclude that nearly 35,000 papers containing doctored images are candidates for retraction. An earlier study found that higher proportion of papers containing problematic images were from China … Continue reading About 35,000 papers may need retraction for doctored images