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Recommended procedures for retracting articles: Inadequate and patchily applied? Analysis of a recent article in PLoS One

Abstract

Retraction of research articles ruins careers, dents confidence in the scientific literature, and can have a profound impact on meta-analyses. Retraction rates have seen a big recent rise, as journals act increasingly quickly to remove articles that are found to have broken ethics rules. In several notorious cases, many such articles have been linked to a single researcher. A 2014 study published in PLoS One sought to determine whether 88 articles by one of the worst known offenders were retracted as recommended and, if so, whether their retraction conformed to Committee on Publication Ethics guidelines and other recommended practices.

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