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Ethics Board Retracts Paper on How Trans Youth Come of Age

A journal devoted to LGBT issues has retracted a paper on the “process by which transgender youth come of age” because “the reported outcomes can no longer be considered valid.”

The article, “Becoming trans adults: Trans youth, parents, and the transition to adulthood, Journal of LGBT Youth,” was written by Jonathan Jimenez, at the time a graduate student in sociology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).  

The paper, which appeared in the Journal of LGBT Youth, was his first solo article, Jimenez tweeted, when the publication came online in August 2020, saying he was “unbelievably happy” to share the news. 

But that happiness wasn’t the only thing unbelievable about the achievement. According to the retraction notice, the institutional review board with authority over the research became concerned enough about the work to launch an investigation:  

We, the authors, Editors and Publisher of the Journal of LGBT Youth, have retracted the following article: Jonathan Jimenez (2020) Becoming trans adults: Trans youth, parents, and the transition to adulthood, Journal of LGBT Youth, DOI 10.1080/19361653.2020.1805391

Since publication, the author has informed us that the results and conclusions of the research reported in this article are invalid. This was concluded after the Institutional Review Board at University of Nevada Las Vegas conducted an investigation into the integrity of the research and data collected from the interviews. As the reported outcomes can no longer be considered valid, we are retracting this article.

We have been informed in our decision-making by our policy on publishing ethics and integrity and the COPE guidelines on retractions. 

The retracted article will remain online to maintain the scholarly record, but it will be digitally watermarked on each page as ‘Retracted’. 

Our email to Jimenez’s UNLV address bounced back as undeliverable. 

Brad Woods, who heads UNLV’s Office of Research Integrity, declined to comment on the case, citing privacy considerations. Same for Robert Futrell, the chair of the Department of Sociology. 

The UNLV press office confirmed for us that Jimenez is no longer enrolled at the institution. 

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