The retraction by Nature of the Samaha work: is Gaetan Burgio correct on who is responsible for improper submissions to journals?

DIANA KWON of The Scientist discusses the retraction by Nature of a paper co-authored by oncologist Nabil Ahmed and Heba Samaha. Of note within her text:But starting last October, a few weeks after the paper was posted online, comments about potential image manipulation in the article began to appear on PubPeer, and the issue quickly caught the attention of scientists on social media. Gaetan Burgio, a geneticist at Australian National University who posted a widely circulated Tweet about the manuscript, notes that the extent of alleged image duplication identified in this paper was “quite exceptional.” (…)According to the retraction notice posted today, the authors are pulling the paper “due to issues with figure presentation and underlying data.” All the authors, except Samaha, the first author, agreed with the retraction. “Unfortunately, issues were identified in the presentation of several figure panels and the underlying data [in the…

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