Alfredo Fusco, a researcher in Italy who has faced criminal charges for research misconduct for more than five years, has had six more papers retracted, for a total of 21.
The latest six retractions are all from Cancer Research. An example, for “Haploinsufficiency of the Hmga1 Gene Causes Cardiac Hypertrophy and Myelo-Lymphoproliferative Disorders in Mice,” a paper first published in 2006:
The papers have been cited from 26 to 76 times, according to Clarivate Analytics’ Web of Science.
Researchers in Italy have been frustrated by the lack of progress in the investigation into Fusco’s work, Nature reported last year.
Fusco did not respond to a request for comment from Retraction Watch.
One of the six retracted papers includes Carlo Croce as an author. It is the ninth retraction for Croce, who was recently forced to step down as chair of his department at The Ohio State University following years of allegations of misconduct.
With the new retraction total, Fusco is now tied for 29th place on our leaderboard of authors with the most retractions in the world.