Letters to the Editor: Letters & Announcements
The manuscript “The effect of celiac plexus block in critically ill patients intolerant of enteral nutrition: a randomized, placebo-controlled study”1 contains verbatim text plagiarized from five other manuscripts.2,3,4,5,6 The manuscript is therefore retracted.
On behalf of the Editorial Board of Anesthesia & Analgesia, I apologize to the authors of the manuscripts whose text was plagiarized by Memis et al. that this was not picked up in the peer review process. I also apologize to the affected journals for the violation of copyright due to plagiarism.
Anesthesia & Analgesia is increasingly employing sophisticated software to detect plagiarism. Without such tools we could not have detected the plagiarized text from 5 different manuscripts in the paper by Memis et al. Other journals use similar tools. Authors should be aware that most journals routinely employ plagiarism detection software, and that any plagiarism is likely to be detected.
Steven L. Shafer, MD
Editor-in-Chief, Anesthesia & Analgesia
Professor of Anesthesiology, Columbia University
1. Memis D, Inal MT, Temizoz O, Genchallac H, Ozdemir H, Sut N. The effect of celiac plexus block in critically ill patients intolerant of enteral nutrition: a randomized, placebo-controlled study. Anesth Analg 2010;110:1071–5
2. Dive A, Miesse C, Galanti L, Jamart J, Evrard P, Gonzalez M, Installé E. Effect of erythromycin on gastric motility in mechanically ventilated critically ill patients: a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study. Crit Care Med 1995;23:1356–62
3. MacLaren R, Kuhl DA, Gervasio JM, Brown RO, Dickerson RN, Livingston TN, Swift K, Headley S, Kudsk KA, Lima JJ. Sequential single doses of cisapride, erythromycin, and metoclopramide in critically ill patients intolerant to enteral nutrition: a randomized, placebo-controlled, crossover study. Crit Care Med 2000;28:438–44
4. Nguyen NQ, Chapman MJ, Fraser RJ, Bryant LK, Holloway RH. Erythromycin is more effective than metoclopramide in the treatment of feed intolerance in critical illness. Crit Care Med 2007;35:483–9
5. Nguyen NQ, Chapman MJ, Fraser RJ, Bryant LK, Burgstad C, Ching K, Bellon M, Holloway RH. The effects of sedation on gastric emptying and intra-gastric meal distribution in critical illness. Intensive Care Med 2008;34:454–60
6. Bhatnagar S, Gupta D, Mishra S, Thulkar S, Chauhan H. Bedside ultrasound-guided celiac plexus neurolysis with bilateral paramedian needle entry technique can be an effective pain control technique in advanced upper abdominal cancer pain. J Palliat Med 2008;11:1195–9