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February 2024 Archive

Identifying Retracted Journal Articles
Posted On: Monday, February 26, 2024 - 08:52 by Lesley Skalla, Ph.D.

A continuing hot topic in the news is the increasing number of scientific studies that have been discovered to be wrong and are retracted by their publishers. Indeed, Nature News reported that more than 10,000 research papers were retracted in 2023. Citing retracted articles should be avoided in scholarly publishing as it can decrease the credibility and reliability of your work.

Why is this important? Articles can be retracted for a number of reasons but typically because of either error (intentional or unintentional) or fraud (Brainard and You, 2018);…

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