Wednesday, December 19, 2007

This article has been retracted at the request of the Editor-in-Chief.

RETRACTED: HLA alleles and haplotypes in the east Black Sea Turkish population
Transplantation Proceedings, Volume 36, Issue 9, November 2004, Pages 2610-2614

F. Uçar, E. Ovalı, A. Pakdemir, A. Alver, I. Gök, S. Kartı and E. Kalay

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Reason: this paper has been found to contain a discussion section which has a considerable amount of material plagiarized from another published paper: Arnaiz-Villena A, Gomez-Casado E, Martinez-Laso J. Population genetic relationships between Mediterranean populations determined by HLA allele distribution and a historic perspective. Tissue Antigens, 60(2) (2002) pp.111–121.

Neither the authors nor the publishers of the Tissue Antigens paper from which the discussion section was taken granted permission for their paper's contents to be reproduced in such a way.

It is the opinion of both myself, Elsevier (Transplantation Proceedings publisher), and Blackwell Publishing (Tissue Antigens publisher) that the discussion section of the above-mentioned manuscript violates the copyright of the publishers of Tissue Antigens. In addition, the authors of the manuscript have infringed the normal professional ethical codes by presenting the work of others as their own.

The data presented in the manuscript, however, are unique and represent a contribution to the field of transplantation.

We regret that this incident has occurred and we assure our readership that all appropriate steps have been taken to prevent recurrence of this issue.

Barry D. Kahan PhD, MD, Editor-In-Chief, Transplantation Proceedings