Editorial retraction

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Science  20 Feb 2015:
Vol. 347, Issue 6224, pp. 834
DOI: 10.1126/science.347.6224.834-a

On 27 June 2014, Science published an Editorial Expression of Concern about the Report “Unclicking the click: Mechanically facilitated 1,3-dipolar cycloreversions” by J. N. Brantley et al. (1). After concerns were raised in an e-mail to the editors from a reader, the corresponding author supervised a comprehensive evaluation of all data presented in the original manuscript by tracing all figures back to their raw data files. In over 50% of the figure parts, the authors deemed the data unreliable due to uncertainty regarding the origin of data or the manner in which the data were processed. The University of Texas at Austin conducted a confidential investigation and shared the conclusion that scientific misconduct had occurred, but provided no further detail of the nature of the misconduct. After the conclusion of the investigation, authors Bielawski and Brantley volunteered to withdraw the paper; it has not been possible to contact author Wiggins. Science is therefore retracting the paper.


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