When your name turns up as author of an anti-evolution paper: RETRACTION!

Never underestimate the audacity of anti-evolutionists.

Entomologist surprised to find name on now-retracted paper alleging fossils oppose Darwin’s theory of evolution | Retraction Watch.

The Journal of Biology and Life Science, published by the Macrothink Institute, has retracted a paper that claimed “fossil does not provides [sic] the convincing and direct evidences for evolution,” for reasons that they left to us to figure out.

There were no reasons given for the retraction of the paper: “Fossils Evidences (Paleontology) Opposite to Darwin’s Theory,” allegedly written by Md. Abdul Ahad, of Hajee Mohamed Danesh Science and Technology University in Bangladesh, and Charles D. Michener, of the University of Kansas. As Retraction Watch does, they dug in and what they found was pretty brash, even for the likes of Creationists.

It struck us as a bit odd that someone like Charles Michener — an award-winning entomologist who wrote the introduction to a 1993 edition of Darwin’s The Origin of Species — would co-author a paper like this, so we asked him what had happened. Turns out it struck him as a bit odd, too. He explained:

The paper was submitted with my name as coauthor, even though I had no knowledge of the paper and had never contributed in any way to its writing or ideas. I was completely surprised to find my name as coauthor of a paper about which I knew nothing. My desire is to remove my name as coauthor of a paper to which I had made no contribution. I also requested that my name not be cited as a contributor within the paper. It is probably editor of the journal who wrote of rejection of the paper, not merely the removal of my name as coauthor.

So, was there no peer review or verification of authorship on this paper? What does that say of the journal? That it’s crap?

  4 comments for “When your name turns up as author of an anti-evolution paper: RETRACTION!

  1. March 24, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Wowsers. Kinda make you wonder how commonplace this is? It also doesn’t paint the journal in a very good light at all. ‘Epic fail’ springs to mind.

  2. Mr. B
    March 25, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    This was published in the Journal of Biology and Life Science, which is a journal from the Marcothink Institute. I smelled a rat and ran immediately to Jeffrey Beall’s list http://scholarlyoa.com/publishers/ and lo and behold….

    Jeffrey Beall, a librarian from the University of Colorado Denver, has been looking at what he calls predatory “open access publishers” for the last several years. Read his criteria, and if you have access to the Charleston Advisor, read some of his in-depth reviews of a few of these organizations.

  3. Chris Hunt
    March 26, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Sounds like the perfect place to publish my forthcoming paper: “Creation of a Working Perpetual Motion Machine, by Hunt, C; Einstein, A; and Newton, Sir I.”

  4. Chris Hunt
    March 26, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    PS. It’s also a great opportunity to lower your Erdős number. A lot simpler than this way, anyway: https://xkcd.com/599/

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