“Why Has the Number of Scientific Retractions Increased?” New study tries to answer

Interesting paper on the increasing number of paper retractions over the last years. I was always wondering if the pressure to publish fast and high could negatively impact the quality of scientific articles?

Retraction Watch

plos oneThe title of this post is the title of a new study in PLOS ONE by three researchers whose names Retraction Watch readers may find familiar: Grant Steen, Arturo Casadevall, and Ferric Fang. Together and separately, they’ve examined retraction trends in a number of papers we’ve covered.

Their new paper tries to answer a question we’re almost always asked as a follow-up to data showing the number of retractions grew ten-fold over the first decade in the 21st century. As the authors write:

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