28 April 2014

The International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology (IJSLP) has retracted an academic paper and is expected to publish a ‘reader alert’ for a second paper following advice from the University of Queensland.

The papers involved two former UQ staff members who have already had two other papers retracted following a UQ investigation.

Details of the earlier retractions, involving the European Journal of Neurology and the journal Aphasiology can be found here and here.

The University advised several journals, including IJSLP, of concerns about articles after a formal research misconduct inquiry last year.

UQ has examined 92 papers published since 2007 by the former staff members.

IJSLP has now published the following retraction notice:

Barwood, C. H. S. & Murdoch, B. E. Language abilities of patients with primary progressive multiple sclerosis: A preliminary group and case investigation. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology,  Available online on 4 February, 2013.

Due to an issue regarding authorship and intellectual property, the publisher and authors agree to retract this paper.

The journal is expected to publish a reader alert stating:

Murdoch, B. E., & Barwood, C. H. S. (2013). Non-invasive brain stimulation: A new frontier in the treatment of neurogenic speech-language disorders. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 15(3), 234-244. doi: 10.3109/17549507.2012.745605


The following article cited within Murdoch and Barwood (2013) has been retracted.

Murdoch, B. E., Ng, M. L., & Barwood,  C. H. S. (2012). Treatment of articulatory dysfunction in Parkinson's disease using repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation. European Journal of Neurology, 19, 340–347.

Murdoch and Barwood (2012) was retracted by agreement between the University of Queensland, the journal Editor in Chief, Professor Anthony Schapira, and John Wiley & Sons Ltd. The retraction was the outcome of a formal investigation by the University of Queensland, which established that: no primary data can be located; and no evidence has been found that the study described in the article was conducted. The University of Queensland requested that the paper be retracted.

Media: Carolyn Varley (+617) 3365 1120 or 0413 601 248, c.varley@uq.edu.au; Michael Duthie (+671) 3346 7691 or 0458 801 328, michael.duthie@uq.edu.au.