The following article from Global Ecology and Biogeography, ‘What caused the mid-Holocene forest decline on the eastern Tibet-Qinghai Plateau?’ by U. Herzschuh, H.J.B. Birks, L. Xingqi, C. Kubatzki & G. Lohmann, published online on 27 November 2009 in Wiley Online Library ( is hereby retracted because C. Kubatzki did not agree to publication.

Further notice: The authors U. Herzschuh, H.J.B. Birks, L. Xingqi & G. Lohmann have provided Blackwell Publishing Ltd with notice that they disagree with the decision to retract this article, and on May 5, 2011, sent the issue to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) for review by that organization.