Uh-oh: Flawed research … “retraction notices” surge

Punch line: An increasing number of published research studies – scientific & academic – are being “retracted” because the outcomes being reported can’t be replicated or are just plain fraudulent.


Here are the details ..


From Thomson-Reuters & the WSJ …

  • Since 2001, while the number of papers published in research journals has risen 44%, the number retracted has leapt more than 15-fold.
  • Just 22 retraction notices appeared in 2001, but 139 in 2006 and 339 last year.
  • Through seven months of this year, there have been 210, according to a Thomson Reuters study of peer-reviewed journals world-wide.

Is the scientific method still alive & well ?


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