Article retractions

The number of journal articles retracted for research misconduct, including plagiarism, is on the rise.  Whether researchers are committing more plagiarism or software is enabling better detection of plagiarism is unclear, but the numbers are disconcerting.  Retracted articles not only damage the researcher’s reputation, but the journal brand and the public trust. 

Researchers unknowingly often continue to cite retracted articles, perpetuating the errors and further impeding scientific progress.  Researchers are encouraged to monitor Retraction Watch, a blog of retracted articles, and to check the publisher’s website before citing an article.

Further reading

P.M.Davis (July 2012).  The persistence of error: a study of retracted articles on the Internet and in personal librariesJournal of the Medical Library Association, 100(3): 184-189.

P. Davis (August 10, 2012).  The Secret Life of Retracted ArticlesThe Scholarly Kitchen.

C. Zimmer (April 16, 2010), A Sharp Rise in Retractions Prompts Calls for Reform, New York Times.