Journal retracts an article, then publishes it in an issue 11 months later – Retraction Watch

The article as it appears at the time of writing this article

Yes, you read that title correctly.

In January 2021, we reported that The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (JSCR) – the official research journal of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NCSA) – would soon withdraw two papers because a graduate student had been at fault in his work.

The newspaper retracted the articles, according to a opinion published on PubMed and on the title websiteboth dated March 2021.

But that didn’t stop one of the articles – which had initially uploaded in December 2019 – from published in the February 2022 issue of the journalwithout any indication that it had been retracted, as the professor of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid Carlos Balsalobre noticed yesterday:

Balsalobre suggests paid reviews would have prevented this bizarre story. Paid reviewers may have a a lot of arguments for thatbut in this case, the problem seems to be that the editor – Wolters Kluwer – was asleep at the switch.

This is what we concluded from an exchange with the editor of the journal, Nicolas Ratamess – who, it should be noted, responded quickly to our requests in the middle of the Super Bowl, an event that we imagine might be of interest to someone who studies exercise and sports.

Ratamess was as confused as we and Balsalobre:

This manuscript has been retracted. Below is the PubMed link showing the retraction. I don’t know why it’s not listed on our web page, but I will contact our publisher immediately to post the retraction notice.

We pointed out that the second document is indeed marked retracted, but does not have a link to the withdrawal notice. Ratamess said he would fix that too.

Retraction Watch readers may recall that a now-retracted 2013 article in the JSCR was at the center of a lawsuit brought by Crossfit against the NCSA. This suit was fixed last year. The editor at the time of publication of the 2013 article resigned in 2017 after 30 years at the helm, when Ratamess took over.

This is not the first time that an editor has failed to file a retraction. In 2018, librarians from the University of Minnesota showed that in the mental health literature, “Of the 812 records of withdrawn publications, 40.0% (n=325) did not indicate that the document had been withdrawn.” And just last week, we reported that Elsevier marked over 100 articles “withdrawn” instead of “retracted”, leading to PubMed entries being inaccurate and missing large “article” banners. retracted”.

Yet we cannot immediately recall a case in which an editor retracted an article that had been published before printing, then published it in an issue without marking it as retracted.

Of course, if you want to know if an item has been retracted, you can always use our database, which includes many more retractions than any other platform and generates retraction alerts in Endnote, LibKey, Papersand Zotero.

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