A Call to Retraction

When a paper has been retracted, we should probably stop citing it approvingly. Just a thought.

Using data from over 3,000 retracted articles and over 74,000 citations to these articles, we find that at least 31.2% of the citations to retracted articles happen a year after they have been retracted. And that 91.4% of the post-retraction citations are approving—note no concern with the cited article.

Ken Cor & Gaurav Sood

Read Propagation of Error: Approving Citations to Problematic Research by Ken Cor and Gaurav Sod. Their data and scripts are available here.

About the Author

Ben Butina, Ph.D.
Dr. Butina, who hosts the Department 12 Podcast, is an industrial-organizational psychologist with interests in training, leadership development, talent management, and positive psychology in the workplace.

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