December 10, 2018

Welcome to the Database of Scientific Retractions

“The largest ever database of scientific retractions just went live, and it reveals a promising trend: More and more studies are being pulled from the scientific record.

This is a great thing for science.

A retraction means a journal no longer stands by one of its articles. The process can be initiated by a journal or study author after problems are detected, and it typically involves some kind of investigation, and then a statement explaining why claims in the article are being withdrawn or reversed (though some journals are more forthcoming with details than others).

Journal editors don’t take this process lightly and generally issue retractions rarely — even though there’s a growing recognition that published studies are often flawed, sloppy, or downright fraudulent.

Still, an in-depth analysis of the retraction database entries, published in the journal Science, suggests the retraction situation is improving. Before 2000, there were fewer than 100 retractions per year; now there are about 1,000.”

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