Wednesday, December 19, 2007

This article has been retracted at the request of the chief editor and authors.

RETRACTED: Handwashing: a simple, economical and effective method for preventing nosocomial infections in intensive care units
Journal of Hospital Infection, Volume 62, Issue 4, April 2006, Pages 395-405

A. Akyol, H. Ulusoy and İ. Özen

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Reason: The Editor has recently been made aware that the above paper appears to contain material from a paper that has been published previously, and to which no reference was made. The details of the original paper are as follows: Jumaa PA. Hand hygiene: simple and complex. Int J Infect Dis 2005;9:3–14, doi:10.1016/j.ijid.2004.05.005.

This paper was received by International Journal of Infectious Diseases on 5th April 2004; revised and resubmitted on 22nd May 2004 and finally accepted on 24th May 2004. There is a high degree of similarity between the two papers and it is the Editor's opinion that the paper from Akyol et al. demonstrates plagiarism and in doing so, contravenes the Journal submission assurance regarding originality.