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Bye-bye bunny paper: Rabbit phone sex study retracted

Alexander Lerchl sent us this note:

In 2010 you wrote a piece [in the Guardian] on a paper by Salama et al. about the effects of mobile phone electromagnetic fields on rabbits’ sex life. I read it just now since it was mentioned in Esowatch.

Actually he published three papers with co-authors who were not informed about the submission of the manuscripts. During an investigation at the host institution it was found that no lab books existed.

Anyway, all three papers have been / will be retracted. I was the person who discovered the problems.

The journal’s statement about the retraction notice: http://informahealthcare.com/doi/pdf/10.3109/19396368.2012.677169

The retraction notice itself [also reproduced here, below]: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2605.2012.01271.x/pdf

The third retraction will follow soon.

Cheers,

Prof. Dr. Alexander Lerchl
Dean for Life Sciences

Professor of Biology
Chair, Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation,
German Radiation Protection Board (SSK), www.ssk.de

Associate Member, Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)
www.publicationethics.org

School of Engineering and Science, Research II, Campus Ring 6
Jacobs University Bremen gGmbH
D-28759 Bremen, Germany

BONUS: Retraction Watch’s take on the retraction.

BONUS: Where is he now? In the retracted paper, Nader Salama lists his address as: “Professor N Salama, Department of Urology, Alexandria Faculty of Medicine, Alexandria 11111, Egypt.” However, he is not now currently listed on that department’s web site. In that same paper he also lists an affiliation with the “Departments of Urology, Tokushima School of Medicine, Tokushima City, Japan”.

BONUS: An unrelated paper by Salama and Kishimoto: “Unusual trivial trauma may end with extrusion of a well-functioning penile prosthesis: a case report“, which includes the statements, about two different patients: “He also reported having bumped his penis into the suitcase of the preceding passenger while boarding an airplane five days prior to presentation”; and “He also described having trapped his penis against a toilet seat while sitting down to defecate four days earlier.”

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