Hip, hip, hooray! Hip journal retracts paper that had, well, everything wrong with it
Here’s the retraction notice for “Outcome of short proximal femoral nail antirotation and dynamic hip screw for fixation of unstable trochanteric fractures. A randomised prospective comparative trial,” originally published in Hip International in 2011 by a group of researchers at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi:
This article has been retracted due to infringements of professional ethical codes.
- There are discrepancies in the authorship of the manuscript.
- There are flaws in the study methodology.
- The mean ages are inaccurate.
- The study dates are inaccurate.
- The Institutional Review Board statement is inaccurate.
Apologies are offered to readers of the journal. Authors must make sure their work is accurate and complies with professional ethical codes.
The paper has been cited twice, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge.
We asked Hip International editor Robert Spencer how the paper’s issues had come to his attention, and whether there would be more fallout:
The matter was raised by other surgeons in India, and I then investigated it and took it up with the head of department. I am not aware of impending retraction of any other papers.
Of course, we particularly liked the last line of the notice:
Similar cases will be referred to retractionwatch.
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