I am an undergraduate student. My friends and I found interesting results while applying game theory to biology. However, we have used only one datset and being undergrads can't get access to do experiments to get our own data. should we preprint anyway .Will retracting a paper from biorxiv hurt our future publication chances?

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    It's really really helpful when you are new at research to have someone advising you. Academia.SE can't really substitute for an academic advisor, because when you are a novice you don't even know which questions to ask. I think this one is a good example, I don't know why you'd even ask about retraction in this circumstance. I'd suggest finding a professor (you could start with people you've taking courses with) to help or to refer you to another professor or one of their post docs or senior grad students. – Bryan Krause Feb 1 '19 at 16:36
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    Yes I ended up doing just this. And am grateful for it. – Ananya Jha Feb 2 '19 at 17:02
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    I don't think it is even retractable. Hope you're aware of that as well, see my answer. – Scientist Jul 1 '19 at 17:27
  • Why you want to retract it? – High GPA Nov 23 '20 at 0:23

No, many submit and have to rewrite or withdraw for many reasons. Do you really need to withdraw - this may be an interesting result for people to see even if it was on limited data...

  • Thankyou so much. Actually we haven't submitted yet. This is our first time time. And frankly we are being over cautious, trying to find out what pre prints and publications are, and what happens if we missed something. Though we are pretty sure we are right, and will probably put it up within a few days. – Ananya Jha Jan 31 '19 at 9:22
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    Have you any information about a paper retracted from biorxiv? Their system says that once a paper is published, it cannot be unpublished – Scientist Jul 4 '19 at 15:16

No. I would not expect any backlash from having a manuscript retracted at Biorxiv as it is not peer-reviewed in principle, anyway, and given you're not exposed for blatant fraud or other glaring questionable behaviour in the platform. Which would be so foolish nobody has done this yet. Furthermore, I do not think there are any mechanisms for retracting a paper from Biorxiv after publication. And this is important to bear in mind.

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