Retraction for prostate cancer paper duplication leaves authors penitent, “happy”
Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs has a new one in the annals of penitence. At issue is a 2010 paper titled “Horizon scanning for novel therapeutics for the treatment of prostate cancer,” by Dieletta Bianchini. Turns out the authors had published the same (or nearly so) paper two months earlier in a different journal. Here’s the notice:
The publisher of Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs and authors have retracted the following article:
Diletta Bianchini, Andrea Zivi, Shahneen Sandhu, Johann S de Bono
Upon investigation, it was found that the article constitutes a case of redundant publication, due to its similarity to a paper previously published in Annals of Oncology (‘Horizon scanning for novel therapeutics for the treatment of prostate cancer’, D Bianchini, A Zivi, S Sandhu and JS de Bono), Ann Oncol. 2010 Oct; 21 Suppl 7:vii43-55.
We would like to state that this situation was due to an honest error, and the authors are happy for the article to be retracted and would like to apologise for any inconvenience this causes to readers.
As the Bard might have said, wethinks the authors doth protest too much.
The now-retracted paper has been cited once, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge, while the original version has been cited five times.
As it happens, Bianchini, a UK oncologist, found herself in the papers about year ago after her efforts to verify her husband’s marital fidelity with a car tracker backfired embarrassingly. The husband found the device, which had been planted by a private eye, and thought it was a bomb.
I’m just so sorry it happened. It was a huge mistake and I was out of my mind.
Sorry, but not happy, we guess.