For the paper by Rioufol, et al., “Multiple Atherosclerotic Plaque Rupture in Acute Coronary Syndrome: A Three-Vessel Intravascular Ultrasound Study,” Circulation. 2002;106:804–808, 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 two ways:
The amount of original material in the Circulation manuscript is limited given the preceding publication, “Ruptures multiples de plaques d' atherosclerose dans les syndromes coronaires aigus,” Archives Des Maladies Du Coeur Et Des Vaisseaux. 2002;95:157–165, from which original data has been taken.
The previous publication of some material in the Archives Des Maladies Du Coeur Et Des Vaisseaux' 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 of Circulation, therefore, retract the paper.
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