How many scientific papers should be retracted?

Cokol, M., Iossifov, I., Rodriguez-Esteban, R., Rzhetsky, A. (May 2007) How many scientific papers should be retracted? EMBO Rep, 8 (5). pp. 422-3. ISSN 1469-221X (Print)1469-221X (Linking)

DOI: 10.1038/sj.embor.7400970


Published scholarly articles commonly contain imperfections: punctuation errors, imprecise wording and occasionally more substantial flaws in scientific methodology, such as mistakes in experimental design, execution errors and even misconduct (Martinson et al, 2005). These imperfections are similar to manufacturing defects in man‐made machines: most are not dangerous but a small minority have the potential to cause a disaster (Wohn & Normile, 2006; Stewart & Feder, 1987). Retracting a published scientific article is the academic counterpart of recalling a flawed industrial product (Budd et al, 1998).

Item Type: Paper
Uncontrolled Keywords: Editorial Policies Periodicals as Topic/ standards Retraction of Publication as Topic
Subjects: bioinformatics
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Communities: CSHL labs > Iossifov lab
Depositing User: Matt Covey
Date: May 2007
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2015 20:08
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2015 20:08
PMCID: PMC1866214
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