October 5, 2011

Retracted Science and the Retraction Index

Ferric C. Fang, Editor in Chief
Arturo Casadevall, Editor in Chief
R. P. Morrison, Editor

Articles may be retracted when their findings are no longer considered trustworthy due to scientific misconduct or error, they plagiarize previously published work, or they are found to violate ethical guidelines. Using a novel measure that we call the “retraction index,” we found that the frequency of retraction varies among journals and shows a strong correlation with the journal impact factor. Although retractions are relatively rare, the retraction process is essential for correcting the literature and maintaining trust in the scientific process.>>>

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