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2022-06-16 14:43
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Dear all,

sometimes the text in retraction notes1 is funny:

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The Editor-in-Chief has retracted this article.2 After publication, concerns were raised about the integrity of its authorship. The authors were asked for raw data and ethics approval but were unable to supply credible materials. The Editor-in-Chief, therefore, no longer has confidence in the integrity of data in this article.

Corresponding author Xinghua Wang has not stated whether they agree to this retraction notice. None of the other authors responded to any correspondence from the editor about this retraction.



  1. Retraction Note: Bimatoprost-Loaded Silica Shell–Coated Nanoparticles-Laden Soft Contact Lenses to Manage Glaucoma: In Vitro and In Vivo Studies. AAPS Pharm Tech. 2022; 23: Article 155. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1208/s12249-022-02306-9.
  2. Xiaojie H, Fagang J, Jun J, Chunfang W, Chengquan L, Xinghua W. Bimatoprost-Loaded Silica Shell–Coated Nanoparticles-Laden Soft Contact Lenses to Manage Glaucoma: In Vitro and In Vivo Studies. AAPS Pharm Tech. 2021; 23: 1–9. 10.1208/s12249-021-02199-0.

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2022-06-16 17:52
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Hi Hötzi,

what a strange story. Thanks for posting.

I think there is more to it than meets the eye.
  1. Isn't it a funny term "Integrity of its authorship". Is that the same as integrity of the study or the data? To me it sounds like doubt over who wrote the paper (or didn't) etc.
  2. How can a paper first be published and then, afterwards, someone requires access to raw data and ethics approval?
    And who is someone? The ordinary reader can't ask about such things after publication (or she/he can, but to the best of my knowledge the journal does not make a requirement for publication that the authors provide raw data or other insights to readers upon request).
Strange one.

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2022-06-16 18:05
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Hi ElMaestro,

» 1. Isn't it a funny term "Integrity of its authorship". Is that the same as integrity of the study or the data? To me it sounds like doubt over who wrote the paper (or didn't) etc.

[image] Ghostwriters? Yipie i-oh! Yipie i-ay!

» 2. How can a paper first be published and then, afterwards, someone requires access to raw data and ethics approval?
» And who is someone? The ordinary reader can't ask about such things after publication (or she/he can, but to the best of my knowledge the journal does not make a requirement for publication that the authors provide raw data or other insights to readers upon request).

Under the heading DATA AVAILABILITY of the article we find:

The raw data are available on request from the corresponding author.


Wild guess:
  • Someone (i.e., an interested ordinary ophthalmologist) requested the data → 没有什么.
  • Asked the Editor-in-Chief for help.
  • Robert O. Williams III tried as well, received the finger.

» Strange one.

Yep.

The collected tear fluid samples (in Eppendorf tubes) were treated with 2 ml methanol to precipitate out the proteins. The tubes were centrifuged at 5000 rpm for 3 h and the drug content in the collected supernatant was analyzed using HPLC.

Really‽

As an aside, this …

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Fig. 1. TEM images of microemulsion and silica shell coated nanoparticles


… brought back memories of another excellent article.1



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  1. Scherr GH, editor. The Best of the Journal of Irreproducible Results. Part V. How Research is Done. p. 107–8. New York: Workman Publishing; 1983. ISBN 978-0894805950. Reproduced with kind non-permission.

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