New Study Finds That Most Retractions in the Biomedical Research Literature Result From Misconduct

A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences indicates that most retractions in the biomedical and life sciences literature result from misconduct, and not “honest error” as has been reported by others. Such studies have followed a publication in the journal Nature last year indicating that retractions have risen ten-fold in the past decade. The New York Times reported on the PNAS paper on Oct 1.