For the paper by Di Lorenzo, et al., “Long-Term Outcome of Drug-Eluting Stents Compared With Bare Metal Stents in ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction: Results of the Paclitaxel- or Sirolimus-Eluting Stent Versus Bare Metal Stent in Primary Angioplasty (PASEO) Randomized Trial,” Circulation. 2009;120:964–972, the editors have discovered that the authors violated Circulation’s Ethical Policy, as stated in our Instructions for Authors:
“Manuscripts are considered on the understanding that they contain original material, that the manuscript and material within the manuscript have not been published and are not being considered for publication elsewhere in whole or in part in any language, including publicly accessible web sites or e-print servers, except as an abstract. The authors also certify that any and all other work in preparation, submitted, in press, or published that is potentially overlapping either in the actual data presented or in the conceptual approach is enclosed along with the original submission. Any material within the manuscript that has appeared elsewhere must be cross-referenced and permission to use or adapt the material must be received, in writing from the copyright holder.”
The authors violated the policy stated above in three ways:
The amount of original material in the Circulation manuscript is limited given the preceding publication, “The PASEO (PaclitAxel or Sirolimus-Eluting Stent Versus Bare Metal Stent in Primary Angioplasty) Randomized Trial, J Am Coll Cardiol Intv 2009;2:515–23, from which original data has been taken and verbatim text excerpted.
No overlapping work, i.e., neither the JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions paper (J Am Coll Cardiol Intv 2009;2:515–23), nor a near simultaneous publication in the American Heart Journal (Benefits of drug-eluting stents as compared to bare metal stent in ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction: Four year results of the PaclitAxel or Sirolimus-Eluting stent vs bare metal stent in primary angiOplasty (PASEO) randomized trial, Am Heart J 2009;158:e43–e50) was submitted with the Circulation manuscript during the peer review process.
The previous publication of some material, e.g., Figure 1 in the JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions’ paper, was not acknowledged within the Circulation manuscript, and no permission from the original copyright holder for the material’s use in the Circulation paper was provided.
The Editors, hereby, retract the paper.