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McCrory P. Should we treat concussion pharmacologically? Br J Sports Med 2002;36:3–5.

This article has been retracted due to duplicate (or redundant) publication.

The work was assessed by BMJ’s Research Integrity team in conjunction with the British Journal of Sports Medicine. We judge that the work is not meaningfully different in genre, content or intended audience from previously published material by the same author. It was published without clear or appropriate attribution to the previous material. In our judgement this constitutes duplicate (or redundant) publication of the following:

McCrory P. New treatments for concussion: the next millennium beckons. Clin J Sport Med 2001;11:190–3. doi: 10.1097/00042752-200107000-00010

We would like to acknowledge the preliminary work of Nick Brown in investigating publications by Dr Paul McCrory and thank him for bringing these concerns to our attention.

During 2021 and 2022 there was an investigation by British Journal of Sports Medicine and BMJ which found that some of McCrory’s work was the product of publication misconduct. BJSM published a summary of the investigation1


1. Macdonald H, Ragavooloo S, Abbasi K, et al. Update on the investigation into the publication record of former British Journal of Sports Medicine editor-in-chief Paul McCrory Br J Sports Med doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2022-106408