Retraction of a study from the journal Smart Materials in Medicine has apparently not been caused by academic misconduct or an unintentional error.

Retraction of a study from the journal Smart Materials in Medicine has apparently not been caused by academic misconduct or an unintentional error.

The most important fact appears to be that almost all of the article's authors, including its two senior authors, list affiliations in Taiwan.

The most important fact appears to be that almost all of the article's authors, including its two senior authors, list affiliations in Taiwan.

Which begs the question of whether the retraction is motivated by the geopolitical controversy over whether Taiwan is an independent country or a province of China.

Which begs the question of whether the retraction is motivated by the geopolitical controversy over whether Taiwan is an independent country or a province of China.

In the latter half of 2021, a paper titled "Anti-microbial/oxidative/inflammatory nanogels promote chronic wound healing" was posted online.

In the latter half of 2021, a paper titled "Anti-microbial/oxidative/inflammatory nanogels promote chronic wound healing" was posted online.

Although the publication has 10 citations indicated as of January 12 on its website, the journal is not indexed in Clarivate's Web of Science.

Although the publication has 10 citations indicated as of January 12 on its website, the journal is not indexed in Clarivate's Web of Science.

The article's conclusions and methodology have not been the subject of any Twitter conversation or PubPeer debate.

The article's conclusions and methodology have not been the subject of any Twitter conversation or PubPeer debate.