Carl Zimmer, writing in the The New York Times, notes a sharp increase in the number of journal article retractions in recent years — by one estimate, a tenfold increase over the past decade. Sloppy research is often to blame, but whether research practices have worsened in recent years remains a point of debate; a competing explanation attributes the trend to online publishing, in which¬†duplication¬†and inconsistency are more evident.

 

Link to the NYT article.

Link to Retraction Watch website.

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