|Year : 2016 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 163
Publish or perish but do not publish and perish
Mohamad Said Maani Takrouri
Department of Anesthesia Education, Al Safwah Center, Riyadh, KSA
|Date of Web Publication||26-Apr-2016|
Mohamad Said Maani Takrouri
Department of Anesthesia Education, Al Safwah Center, Riyadh
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Takrouri MS. Publish or perish but do not publish and perish. Anesth Essays Res 2016;10:163
Recently, an article appeared in AER and appeared in ahead of print (AOP) website of the journal. One of the co-authors of this article has submitted independably the same manuscript  to another anesthesia journal. One reviewer of that journal indicated that same title appeared on AOP website of AER.
Further inspection showed that there were no research approval under same title exists and authors did not come from same institute. Hence, the journal editor contacted the AER local international adviser and asked him to handle it from this point. He discussed the matter with corresponding author who is well conducted and he was surprised as he never had such information before. He wrote to AER editor as corresponding author was offered research data asked by research team to help them formulating a scientific paper. He asked for withdrawal of the article but it was too late as article appeared online and moved to hard copy printing, so retraction note was published.
We all appreciate these marvelous people who moved swiftly to stop this fraud act; it reminded me with story of a professor of anesthesiology  who fabricated around 21 papers on nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agent in orthopedic hospital. He fabricated data, patients and was cited by other researchers, and it was an instrument to send these analgesic sales into market of billions of dollars. When he was discovered, he was exposed to criminal suit and confessed all his misconduct. Hence, he was sent to jail for 5 months for fraud and government USD $5000 as well as for grants suppliers as he never conducted real drugs trial USD $230,000.
The harm of fraud in area of medicine is higher crime as it destroys the confidence in the profession. This fallen professor was stripped from his status by professional bodies, and he will not get license to practice as he spent jail sentence.
Editors lost great confidence in these submitting researchers. The journal retracted the article on web and in print and water mark says “RETRACTED” on PDF of the article download.
We all get the spirits of competition induced by the famous saying: “Publish or perish.” My paraphrase is “Do not publish and perish.”
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