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Author retracts article from Nature after raising concerns about sponsorship

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m3017 (Published 29 July 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m3017
  1. Shaun Griffin
  1. London

The journal Nature has been forced to retract an article after its author claimed that he was misled about the publication’s financial sponsorship by a Chinese university.

Kenneth Witwer, an associate professor at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA, was invited by Nature to contribute a commentary on extracellular RNA to one of its “Outlook” sections, which are sponsored.1 Chen-Yu Zhang, a high profile researcher in the field at Nanjing University, arranged his university’s sponsorship of the supplement and contributed an article himself.

Witwer said on the Retraction Watch website, “My piece was extensively and aggressively edited, almost beyond recognition, and I was instructed specifically to …

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