What Do More Retractions In Scientific Publications Mean For Research?
Retractions in scientific publications issued for research misconduct — that is instances of data manipulation or falsification — has become a hot topic in recent years.
It is especially relevant to Boston, which is home to some of the most prestigious research labs and scientific journals.
A review published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of over 2,000 articles in bio-medical and life science research found that two-thirds of retractions were because of research misconduct — with the bulk of retractions coming in the last decade.
Maria Zuber, vice president for research at MIT.
- “A scientific journal has retracted 60 papers linked to a researcher in Taiwan, accusing him of ‘perverting the peer-review process’ by creating fraudulent online accounts to judge the papers favorably and help get them published.”
- “Journal publishers must acknowledge the limitations of traditional peer review and embrace post-publication peer review.”
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