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The trouble with retractions: live webchat

At the turn of the millennium, science would see about 30 research papers retracted every year. This year, we are approaching 400 retraction notices. It’s not in the culture of science to revise its written record, yet over the past decade editors have started to retract more research papers. That surge is focusing attention on problems with the retraction system, as a Nature feature this week explores.

Join us at 4pm London time (11am Eastern Time) on Tuesday 11 October for a live Q&A with Ivan Oransky, executive editor at Reuters Health and co-founder of the blog Retraction Watch, and Nature’s Richard Van Noorden. We’ll be discussing trends in retractions, problems with the systems and what researchers, editors, and institutions might be doing to help. The webchat will feed into a real-life discussion on retractions on 20 October, in New York City.

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The trouble with retractions


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    Jennifer Rilstone said:

    Many push for scientists to own up to mistakes and honestly retract data they recognize is flawed. My question is: What is the fate of that data, once it is repeated and corrected? Is it publishable again, in the same journal? In another journal?

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    John Panaretos said:

    When do you expect that scientific journals will ask the authors of all papers published to make the data used in their papers publicly available?

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