Serum Hyaluronic Acid
and Laminin as Biomarkers in Liver Fibrosis.
RETRACTION OF ARTICLE (PDF file)
Parsian H, Rahimipour A, Nouri M, Somi MH, Qujeq D, Fard MK, Agcheli K.
J Gastrointestin Liver Dis 2010; 19 (2): 169-174
The above named article has been retracted from the Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases.
It has been brought to the Editor-in-chief's attention that a paper published in the Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver
Diseases in June 2010 (Parsian H et al. Serum hyaluronic acid and laminin as biomarkers in liver fibrosis. J Gastrointestin
Liver Dis 2010; 19 / 2: 169-174) has very close similarities to a paper of the same authors published in 2009 in the New
Zealand Journal of Medical Laboratory Science (Parsian H et al. Attenuation of serum laminin concentrations upon
treatment of chronic hepatitis. N Z J Med Lab Sci 2009; 63 / 1: 12-17). This fact was discovered by Robert Siebers, the
Editor-in-chief of the N Z J Med Lab Sci, who also found that some of the data of the identical groups in both papers
differed to some degree.
Both peer-reviewed journals have received from the submitting authors a letter mentioning that their paper has not
been published in its current form or in a substantially similar form, a fact certified with the signatures of all authors. The
first publication was not referenced in the second one.
According to the guidelines from the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and the World Association of Medical
Editors (WAME) this amounts to substantial self-plagiarism which is not allowed and requires either a retraction or
redundant publication notification. The Editors of the New Zealand Journal of Medical Laboratory Science decided to
make a simultaneous retraction, because of the differences in various laboratory parameters in the otherwise identical
patient groups, so that they cannot guarantee that the results in both journals are correct.
The authors of both articles have been advised of the retraction notices and the reasons why.
Monica Acalovschi, MD PhD
J Gastrointestin Liver Dis