A group of anesthesiology researchers in India has had 10 papers retracted from a single journal because of a “high rate of similarity from various other articles along with overwhelming evidence of data fabrication.”
The retractions came after one of the authors of the papers submitted a manuscript to a different journal whose editor sniffed out issues and raised a red flag.
The Saudi Journal of Anesthesia has retracted ten articles by Anjan Das, of Kolkata, and colleagues:
The ten articles listed below, all with the same corresponding author and published in the Saudi Journal of Anaesthesia from 2014-2018, are being retracted because they have been found to have a number of unattributed sections of content with high rate of similarity from various other articles along with overwhelming evidence of data fabrication. The corresponding author and his institution were contacted and asked to provide the journal with the raw data for these studies but there has been no adequate response within a reasonable timeframe.
Plagiarism, fabrication, unethical or redundant publication violates the editorial policy of the Saudi Journal of Anaesthesia, which follows best practice guidelines given by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) and Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), as mentioned in the Information for Authors and codified in the signed statements made by the authors regarding the copyright of their work.
These articles have been retracted at the request of the Editor-in-Chief and Editorial board of the journal.
The 10 articles, published between 2014 and 2018, have been cited a total of 63 times, according to Clarivate Analytics’ Web of Science.
Source: Retraction Watch