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The British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM)a BMJ The publication, pulling down nine other non-research articles written by former editor-in-chief and concussion researcher Paul McCrory, MBBS, PhD, from the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health in Melbourne, Australia.

Expressions of concern will be placed on 38 other articles published in BMJ Journals for which McCrory is the sole author, pointed out Helen MacDonald, MBBS, MA, from BMJ publishing, and Jonathan Drezner, MD, of the University of Washington in Seattle, and co-authors of BJSM.

The decision comes after an internal investigation BMJResearch Integrity Team and Drezner, who is the current editor-in-chief of BJSM. she was Allegations driven On publishing misconduct by researcher Nick Brown, Ph.D.

McCrory has edited a file BJSM From 2001 to 2008, during which he published at least 164 articles in BMJ magazines.

Earlier this year, a McCrory’s article has been withdrawn In the BJSMprompted by concerns that it shares similarities with one that another author has written about Physicist.

Plagiarism may not be the most serious breach of concern BJSM Readers, note Stephen Casper, PhD, of Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, and Adam Finkel, ScD, of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, in accompanying editorial.

They suggested that a misquotation might be worse. in 2001 articleMcCrory altered a quote from sports medicine pioneer Thorndike [Augustus Thorndike, MD]in a terrible distortion of Thorndike’s published words,” wrote Casper and Finkel.

In 1952 New England Journal of Medicine An article, Thorndike writes unequivocally that “(p) patients who have recurrent concussion more than three times or with more than one simultaneous temporary loss of consciousness should not be subjected to further physical trauma,” they note.

However, in his editorial, McCrory allegedly “quoted” Thorndike’s 1952 article as advising that after “three concussions, which included loss of consciousness for any period of time, the athlete should be kept away from contact sports for the remainder of the season.” Changing and weakening Thorndike’s recommendation in two different ways, Casper and Finkel noted.

In his career, McCrory has led several iterations of consensus statements on concussion in sports, which were published in BJSM.

“While these statements have been said to have been inspired by systematic reviews (of which McCrory was a part or led) and include several co-authors who also contributed to the consensus guidelines, readers may wonder how McCrory’s miscalculation or potential mindset reveals them on his part, neither Especially when viewed in conjunction with McCrory’s theft and the possibility of other misrepresentations, it may have changed the interpretation of concussion science and thus the content of the statements shaped the consensus about concussions,” Kasper and Finkel write.

Questions about McCrory’s actions go far beyond the published work, notes Chris Nowinsky, Ph.D., of the Concussion Legacy Foundation in Boston.

“We are only just beginning to understand the implications of Paul McCrory’s serial scientific misconduct,” Nowinsky said. MedPage today.

“In my opinion, serial plagiarism and duplicate publications are dwarfed by the fact that he has repeatedly misrepresented the work of others in public scientific forums, both in relation to the historical concussion care guidelines in a medical journal and chronic traumatic encephalopathy [CTE] Research in a public lecture,” Nowinski noted.

“That’s what we know he was willing to publicly misrepresent. Who knows what he said in private meetings, but I doubt he played a role in the past and present anti-sports global resistance to conservative care from concussion and acceptance that CTE is caused by contact sports,” he added. “.

All nine retractions relate to opinion articles, commentaries, and editorials of which McCrory was the sole author. They include five cases of plagiarism and three cases of redundant publications. The other article pulled is the one in which McCrory quoted Thorndike.

After reviewing the 2016 concussion consensus statement, BMJ The Research Integrity Team concluded that it had “no concerns about plagiarism,” and considered that “the question of the extent of McCrory’s contribution to and impact on the five versions of the consensus statement is a matter that falls within the purview of the Scientific Committee appointed by the Concussion Sports Group (CISG).”

After the plagiarism allegations first surfaced, McCrory resigned his leadership position in the CISG and relinquished his role as a member of the scientific committee of the International Concussion Conference on Concussion in Sports, MacDonald and co-authors note.

“The scientific record depends on trust, and BMJ’s Trust in McCrory’s work – and in particular the articles he has published as a single author – is shattered.”

“We will investigate any new allegations we receive regarding McCrory’s work BMJ “We are asking other publishers and his foundation to do the same,” they added.

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MacDonald and the co-authors are employees of BMJ. Drezner is the editor-in-chief of the newspaper British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Casper has been retained by prosecutors as a medical history witness in pending concussion lawsuits in the US and Finkel UK has not reported any disclosures.

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