Recently, I noted a stealth article on homeopathy that slipped into PLOS One without any mention of homeopathy. PLOS One was not alone in being taken in.
The employees of the Russian manufacturer also got two articles in Hindawi journals, one in a Springer journal, one in a Dove Press publication, and one in a Wiley journal.
It will be interesting to watch if these journals take action – and when.
The Hindawi journals
Bailbé D, Philippe E, Gorbunov E, Tarasov S, Epstein O, Portha B. The novel oral drug Subetta exerts an antidiabetic effect in the diabetic Goto-Kakizaki rat: comparison with rosiglitazone. Journal of Diabetes Research. 2013 May 8;2013.
Nicoll J, Gorbunov EA, Tarasov SA, Epstein OI. Subetta treatment increases adiponectin secretion by mature human adipocytes in vitro. International Journal of Endocrinology. 2013 Apr 18;2013.
The Springer journal
Sakat SS, Mani K, Demidchenko YO, Gorbunov EA, Tarasov SA, Mathur A, Epstein OI. Release-active dilutions of diclofenac enhance anti-inflammatory effect of diclofenac in carrageenan-induced rat paw edema model. Inflammation. 2014 Feb 1;37(1):1-9.
The Dove Press journal
Gorbunov EA, Ertuzun IA, Kachaeva EV, Tarasov SA, Epstein OI. In vitro screening of major neurotransmitter systems possibly involved in the mechanism of action of antibodies to S100 protein in released-active form. Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment. 2015;11:2837
The Wiley journal
Don ЕS, Emelyanova AG, Yakovleva NN, Petrova NV, Nikiforova MV, Gorbunov EA, Tarasov SА, Morozov SG, Epstein ОI. Dose‐dependent antiviral activity of released‐active form of antibodies to interferon‐gamma against influenza A/California/07/09 (H1N1) in murine model. Journal of Medical Virology. 2016 Oct 21.
The article has now elicited a Comment from the authors who originally drew attention to the homeopathy article in PLOS One:
Dueva EV, Panchin AY. Homeopathy in disguise. Comment on Don et al.: Dose‐dependent antiviral activity of released‐active form of antibodies to interferon‐gamma against influenza A/California/07/09 (H1N1) in murine model. Journal of Medical Virology. 2016 Dec 1.
Once again, we are left wondering what the editors and reviewers were thinking. Access to the editors’ letters of acceptance and the reviewers’ comments would be helpful, but are unlikely to be forthcoming.
And absent such an effort to deceive, how many other articles are published without editors being sufficiently aware of what they are accepting?
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