This thread is potentially of interest to show a non-native English speaker using the same phrasing that got this prof in trouble:
Send it to that Professor. It just might help save his job.
Oh I think It's a bit late for advising the prof.
Chembark had a post from the editor of Organometallics as one of the comments on the original story.
Wednesday 07 August
Dear Friends of Organometallics,
Chemical Abstracts alerted us to the statement you mention,which was overlooked during the peer review process, on Monday 05 August. At that time, the manuscript was pulled from the print publication queue. The author has explained to us that the statement pertains to a compound that was”downgraded” from something being isolated to a proposed intermediate. Hence, we have left the ASAP manuscript on the web for now. We are requiring that the author submit originals of the microanalysis data before putting the manuscript back in the print publication queue. Many readers have commented that the statement reflects poorly on the moral or ethical character of the author, but the broad “retribution” that some would seek is not our purview. As Editors, our “powers” are limited to appropriate precautionary measures involving future submissions by such authors to Organometallics, the details of which would be confidential (ACS Ethical Guidelines, http://pubs.acs.org/page/policy/ethics/index.html). Our decision to keep the supporting information on the web, at least for the time being, is one of transparency and honesty toward the chemical community. Other stakeholders can contemplate a fuller range of responses. Some unedited opinions from the community are available in the comments section of a blog posting: http://blog.chembark.com/2013/08/06/a- disturbing-note‐in-a-recent-si-file/#comments
If you have any criticisms of the actions described above, please do not hesitate to share them with me. Thanks much for being a reader of Organometallics, and best wishes,
John Gladysz Editor-in‐Chief
The fact that the corresponding author has not come out immediately to say "this is a language issue, I meant to say just make up a sample for EA" shows that this is not the case.
I simply hope, for the supervisors sake, that this was a one off as the journal wants to see all EA data.