Quantitative morphometric analysis of vimentin filaments in Sertoli cells of rats after in utero DBP exposure
Eisuke Kume, Yuya Okayama, Mituru Sugiyama, Hiroyuki Takahashi, Tomoko Muto, Michael F. Wempe, Hiroshi Ikegami, Shin Wakui
(Fundamental Toxicological Sciences, 4, 85-93, 2017)
I have retracted the above paper as Editor-in-Chief of Fundamental Toxicological Sciences since I have serious concerns about it, primarily due to inappropriate authorship on a non-negligible scale.
Since the possibility of inappropriate authorship in this paper was raised, I contacted the co-authors to confirm this point. I found out that several of them considered their listing as co-authors to be inappropriate. In addition, more than half of the co-authors agreed to the retraction of this paper.
These facts raise concerns about the paper. From the standpoint of maintaining the integrity of the research community, I felt that such a paper should be retracted at once.
Accordingly, I sent a summary of my concerns about this paper to the corresponding author, Dr. Shin Wakui. I also had an online interview with him to discuss this matter. I told Dr. Wakui that inappropriate authorship on a non-negligible scale is a serious problem that raises concerns about the paper.
I prepared a draft of this Editor’s Announcement and sent it to Dr. Wakui for review prior to revision and release. Although he did not agree to the retraction, I have decided to take this action from the standpoint of maintaining the integrity of the research community.
I coordinated my response to this issue with Dr. Toshiyuki Kaji, Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Toxicological Sciences, a sister journal of Fundamental Toxicological Sciences.
Akira Naganuma, Ph.D.
Fundamental Toxicological Sciences
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