Exploring Why and How Journal Editors Retract Articles: Findings From a Qualitative Study

TitleExploring Why and How Journal Editors Retract Articles: Findings From a Qualitative Study
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsWilliams, P, Wager, E
JournalScience and Engineering Ethics
Volume19
Issue1
Pagination1 - 11
Date Published3/2013
ISSN Number14715546
KeywordsAuthorship , MEDICINE , SCIENCE
AbstractEditors have a responsibility to retract seriously flawed articles from their journals. However, there appears to be little consistency in journals' policies or procedures for this. In a qualitative study, we therefore interviewed editors of science journals using semi-structured interviews to investigate their experience of retracting articles. We identified potential barriers to retraction, difficulties in the process and also sources of support and encouragement. Our findings have been used as the basis for guidelines developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics.
DOI10.1007/s11948-011-9292-0
Short TitleSci Eng Ethics
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