Martyn Rittman Martyn Rittman1 September 2015 Uncategorized

Investigation into a recently published paper

The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health recently published an article entitled “Evidence of Coal-Fly-Ash Toxic Chemical Geoengineering in the Troposphere: Consequences for Public Health” (Herndon, J.M. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12(8), 9375-9390; doi:10.3390/ijerph120809375). We have received a number of comments about this article and have taken the decision to launch an investigation into the scientific accuracy of its contents and the peer review process the manuscript followed.

We expect to reach a conclusion soon, and can provide the following preliminary comments: The article was reviewed by three reviewers, and the review reports contained comments flagging the article as potentially controversial. As indicated in the paper, the Editor-in-Chief made the decision to accept the paper for publication. The investigation will be conducted in accordance with guidelines provided by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). MDPI seeks neither to publish on controversial topics nor deliberately avoid them: our editorial process is guided by seeking accurate work that contributes to the body of research knowledge. Our position on controversial articles is here.

Discussions are currently ongoing between MDPI, the Editor-in-Chief and the author. We wish to thank those who contact the editorial office to raise potential problems and give constructive feedback about published articles. While we seek to get things right the first time, errors can occur. Correction is an important part of the process of scientific publishing and we take the integrity of our published work very seriously.

Update 2/9/15: A retraction for this paper has now been published at https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/12/9/10941.