Nov 16, 2018

What a massive database of retracted papers reveals about science publishing’s ‘death penalty’

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Still, the data trove has enabled Science, working with Retraction Watch, to gain unusual insight into one of scientific publishing’s most consequential but shrouded practices. Our analysis of about 10,500 retracted journal articles shows the number of retractions has continued to grow, but it also challenges some worrying perceptions that continue today. The rise of retractions seems to reflect not so much an epidemic of fraud as a community trying to police itself.

Better editorial oversight, not more flawed papers, might explain a flood of retractions.

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