On April 27, a reader emailed the editors of two journals, noting that each had recently published a paper by the same group of authors that appeared strikingly similar.
Four days later, on May 1, a representative at Medicine, the journal that published the most recent version of the paper, wrote the reader back, saying the paper was going to be retracted.
A spokesperson for Medicine confirmed to us that the paper “Psychological Results of 438 Patients with persisting Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Symptoms by Symptom Checklist 90-Revised Questionnaire” has been retracted, and the notice will appear in the June 1 issue of the journal.
The retracted paper was published in February 2018; the article it appeared to copy from, “Psychological Results of 438 Patients with persisting Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Symptoms by Symptom Checklist 90-Revised Questionnaire,” was published online in September 2017 by the Euroasian Journal of Hepatogastroenterology.
The authors on both papers are based at Nanjing Medical University in China.