Journal editor retracts comments

The editor of Fertility and Sterility apologizes for damaging remarks to The Scientist about a controversial paper

Andrea Gawrylewski
Jun 7, 2007
The editor of the journal Fertility and Sterility (F&S) is retracting his statements that appeared in a February article by The Scientist in which he accused Korean authors of an F&S paper of plagiarizing another scientist's work and lying to the journal about it. In a letter on masthead from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (which publishes F&S), editor-in-chief Alan DeCherney apologized for "the distress and any reputational damage" his comments, which appeared in both The Scientist and the Los Angeles Times, may have caused. The letter is addressed to Kwang-Yul Cha, first author of the F&S paper, and was forwarded to The Scientist by Cha's spokesperson.In April, the British Medical Journal reported that a lawyer for Cha sent DeCherney a letter accusing him of making "false and defamatory statements" to The Scientist and the Los Angeles Times, which first reported the story.DeCherney did...

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