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Ethics and logistics of withdrawing, refuting, or amending published work.

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Article retraction: is it ethical to retract an article just because I am no longer happy with it

I recently came across a very old article of mine. The article was written at the beginning of my career when we were pressured to publish extensively. There is nothing really wrong with the article, ...
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Do academics make decisions like other humans?

There are now 100s of studies from behaviour change sciences that show that humans take mental shortcuts to make decisions. For instance we eat at a busy restaurant, because, as a rule of thumb, they ...
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duplicate published data figure

I read two papers just published online (paper no.1 accepted about 1 month before paper no.2) in the same journal by the same authors. Two papers have the same topic, using the same numerical method, ...
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Are there any scientific papers that were retracted by the publisher due to the reader comments? [closed]

Recently, Elsevier retracted an article that was published in 2012. The only explanation by the publisher is as follows: Personality and Individual Differences has taken the decision to retract the ...
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What should I do with the published paper if a section of paper is bad? [closed]

What should I do if the paper is misleading (say deliberately done due to lack of money to buy hardware resources like GPU or lack of time)? What if a section of the paper has misleading information ...
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Found a figure duplication problem in an already published paper

I published a peer-reviewed article several years ago. Recently when I look back on my paper, I suddenly realized there had a figure duplication problem in one of the main figures (That main figure ...
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My paper was retracted – how can I handle this in my future career?

In September 2016 I saw a PhD advertisement in a forum. I emailed the advertiser and he sent me a half-baked draft of a research project and told me that if I want this position I would need a first-...
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A paper was published with material from my thesis without my knowledge: Correction or Retraction?

I have completed M.tech and submitted my thesis. A year later I realized my thesis was used to publish an article which was a replica of a section of the thesis. Even the values were the same. I was ...
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Regarding academic misconduct [closed]

I'm currently a Ph.D. student and I have been reading a lot about retraction of scientific papers. I understand that scientific integrity is a big issue and that we should be as honest about the ...
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Will a paper be retracted if a flaw in released software code invalidates its central idea?

Say I have written code that performs a physics calculation. After this, I get a paper published based on the results of the code. In the interest of advancing the progress of science, I upload the ...
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What to do in dealing with scientific mistakes in an article?

Recently I've read an article in a journal and find out numerous scientific mistakes in that paper. I decide to write a note to the editorial board of the journal. First of all, I want to know is ...
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Retractions in mathematical journals

The number of retractions in some scientific fields like medicine, life and material related science seems rising in the past years. However, retractions in mathematics seem rare because of its ...
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Why won't good journals retract papers that were proven wrong?

I saw some research papers still present in good and reputed journals even though they were proven wrong by other papers. The subject is cryptography. If a paper is proven wrong, it does not ...
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Do the Publication Retraction impact on Co-authors [duplicate]

I am a co-author of a retracted paper. It is very unfortunate for me. I just provided technical assistance in the experiment but the 1st author did some scientific misconduct and as a result, the ...
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Can i submit a revised version of a retracted paper to another journal

One of my paper was retracted die to honest error (statistical error). is it possible to submit the revised version of the paper to another journal for consideration of publication. Thank you
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Does a journal retracting a paper also renounce copyright?

Every now and then, a journal retracts a paper for some reason or another. I'm wondering what impact retraction has on copyright, assuming the journal (or its publisher) was given its copyright. ...
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Withdrawing a chapter proposal: Is anything else required here?

I have been invited to write a chapter with a publisher, so I wrote a proposal for the chapter using the abstract of a write-up (short primer paper) I had. After sending the proposal, I eventually ...
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Is it ethical to withdraw a paper after reviews?

I have a submitted a paper to a IEEE letter. Unfortunately, at a later stage I noticed that letter is still in process to have an impact factor. I already received reviews from reviewers and the ...
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I am interested in retracting my old journal articles. Would it have any negative effects on my academic career?

I managed to successfully publish my old bachelor thesis in a good quality national journal in my country. However, I am thinking of retracting the article due to certain circumstances. First, I felt ...
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What should I do when a predatory conference will not listen to us and the journal might retract our paper? [duplicate]

I was in my first semester that a professor asked me for a collaboration with someone else. We have started the project but because of Mr. C bad behavior and lack of contribution our professor fired ...
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Does having an article retracted due to professor's ethical misconduct mean my career is over?

When I was in my first year of M.Sc. a professor told me to work on a project for which the main data belonged to him. He had sent me an early draft and told me to translate it into English, so I did ...
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What to do when untrusted claims are made in an extended abstract of which the full version hasn't appeared

I've read a certain 'extended abstract', published in conference proceedings, that presents a useful mathematical analysis of a computational problem and uses that to provide a sketch for an algorithm ...
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Is it right to cite a retracted research article?

I was doing literature review and I came across a paper which is in the area of my interest but has been retracted because of duplicating the figures (technical drawings) of other papers. Can I cite ...
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Editors resigning because they published a low quality paper

Very recently the chief editors of the journal 'EMS SURVEYS IN MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES' resigned because they published a paper (whose "methodology does not contradict Cantor’s and non-standard ...
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Should I tell my professor to print a retraction if I feel it will harm my career chances?

I am an undergraduate student at a university you have probably heard of who works with their professor on independent research. Recently, I noticed a rather significant technical error in one of the ...
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Should unsavory but otherwise scientifically correct experiments lead to retractions?

The following occurred at my university (this is from a preliminary report that has been published): Three colleagues requested permission to perform a certain chemical experiment (analyzing ...
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Automatically checking retracted papers in bibliography

Is there a program or online service to automatically check if there is a retracted paper in the bibliography of a pdf file?
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How do I remove an article from Scopus indexing?

Due to some technical mistakes, I removed my published article from a journal. But the article was already indexed by Scopus. I need to remove the article from Scopus indexing database as well. Could ...
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How to withdraw an under review manuscript from a journal when you decide you want to submit to another journal with a higher impact factor?

I submitted my first article to a journal and the journal indicated that it was now under review. Now, I want to withdraw my article. The journal has a lower impact factor than a different journal, ...
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How to correctly cite a retracted paper?

I would like to cite a particular paper that has been retracted, due to a specific error the authors have initially overseen in their analysis. Because this specific error is the subject of my ...
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Should/Can I retract a paper that has fatal math error after this paper has been accepted, presented, and released in the proceeding?

This paper has been accepted, presented in the top conference of computer science, and released in the proceeding since last month. However, recently, other readers find a fatal and ridiculous error ...
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Getting notified when an article I cited in one of my papers gets retracted

Is there any way to get notified (e.g., by email) when an article I cited in one of my papers gets retracted?
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How to request retraction of a published paper when contacting the editors and publishers doesn't work?

About 18 months ago, I found a published paper which plagiarised my work. I initially contacted the journal editors, but they did not respond. I then contacted Elsevier, which publishes the journal. ...
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Can [edit: or should] a scientist's h-index decrease in the case highly cited publications are retracted?

I am at the moment preparing a workshop unit dealing with 'digital publication'. While writing down my script I noticed that I usually tell the participants that a scientist's h-index cannot decrease. ...
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Retracting CS (conference) papers

Suppose you learn of a confirmed fundamental error in a CS conference paper (for a reputable conference) that smells of gross negligence. Is there any way to get it retracted? Whenever I've asked, ...
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Published papers with incorrect solutions of famous problems: how to raise concerns with editors?

I recently discovered the following two papers: Bruckman, Paul S. A proof of the Collatz conjecture. Internat. J. Math. Ed. Sci. Tech. 39 (2008), no. 3, 403–407, DOI: 10.1080/00207390701691574. ...
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Advisor associated with the U.S. Army want their name removed from the text of a published article

I have been contacted by an individual with a request to remove their name from an article our journal published two years ago. The individual was identified as a Culture and Foreign Language Advisor ...
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Researchers had a paper retracted due to plagiarism and no one at their university is aware of it

A year ago a professor at my department and her grad student had plagiarized a journal paper and published it. The paper was retracted, and the journal published a clear notice that it was due to ...
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Early career advice for Jr. Researcher on selectivity of authorship credit for collaboration in areas outside one's specialization

I have a problem...Once folks learn my academic specialty within the medical sciences and of my strong background in statistics, they often want to form a collaborating - mostly they want me to ...
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Is it possible to remove an author's name after publication?

If a paper was published with an author's name without that author's consent, what can be done about it? It there a way to disassociate oneself with a published paper? is retraction the only way? If ...
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No response from journal after submission

I submitted a paper to a journal just before Christmas time last year. The journal didn't send any note whether they have received the paper or not. Mid of January this year, I sent again an email ...
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Dataset of retraction fines per publisher

I read in the Nature comment Reproducibility: A tragedy of errors authored by David B. Allison, Andrew W. Brown, Brandon J. George& Kathryn A. Kaiser and published today Science relies ...
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I found a published paper that looks dodgy. What to do?

I looked into an article published rather widely in the media, but on a fairly marginal topic (perceptions of grammar use), so noone will die or ever bother to replicate or correct it. The contents ...
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How damaging is it to have been a co-author of a retracted paper?

Many years ago, when I was very new to the world of scientific paper publishing, I was a co-author to a paper that was subsequently retracted after an investigation of the findings. This was before I ...
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Check whether an article has any correction or been retracted

Is there any website where I could enter the reference of an article, and see whether any correction or retraction has been made on the article? I know some publishers indicate it on their website, ...
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Affiliated institution wants to remove name from already published paper?

We have published a review article, years ago, and since then all of the authors left the institution. Now the institution has suddenly woken up and realized that the authors did not get permission ...
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Should retracted articles also be listed on the academic CV?

Should a separate section list all retracted articles? Should just a note (---retracted) suffice? Is a short explanation expected (retracted for fabrication, plagiarism)? Should one give a longer ...
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What action is appropriate when co-authors admit that the first author committed plagiarism?

I'm the executive editor of a PubMed-indexed journal. Last year The journal published a paper with four authors in the byline. Today I received an e-mail from the first author admitting that she ...
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If I buy a research article, will I get any potential retraction statement or erratum free of charge?

If I buy a research article, will I get any potential retraction statement or erratum free of charge? Or will I have to spend additional money to obtain access to it? I see that some retraction ...
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Should I retract an article published in a disreputable journal?

I was published by the IJARCS in 2011 (International Journal of Advanced Research in Computer Science) and was wondering if I should retract my article due to the journal being disreputable. I am ...
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