Duplication forces retraction of paper on effects of prenatal environment on behavior
Here’s the notice in Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews for “Maternal adversity, glucocorticoids and programming of neuroendocrine function and behaviour:”
This article has been retracted: please see Elsevier Policy on Article Withdrawal (http://www.elsevier.com/locate/withdrawalpolicy).
This article has been retracted at the request of the Editor-in-Chief.
This article has self-plagiarized parts of other papers that had already appeared in:
Endocrine Research 30 (4), 2004, pp. 827–836, http://dx.doi.org/10.1081/ERC-200044091.
Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism 13 (9), 2002, pp. 373–380, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1043-2760(02)00690-2.
Stress 7 (1), 2004, pp. 15–27, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10253890310001650277.
Fetal and Maternal Medicine Review 14 (4), 2003, pp. 329–354, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0965539503001141.
Endocrine Research 28 (4), 2002, pp. 709–718, http://dx.doi.org/10.1081/ERC-120016991.
One of the conditions of submission of a paper for publication is that authors declare explicitly that their work is original and has not appeared in a publication elsewhere. Re-use of any material should be appropriately cited and quoted. As such this article represents a severe abuse of the scientific publishing system. The scientific community takes a very strong view on this matter and apologies are offered to readers of the journal that this was not detected during the submission process.
The paper has been cited 100 times, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge. The corresponding author, Stephen G. Matthews, is well-funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). We’ve contacted him for comment, and will update with anything we learn.