Understanding the complexities of retractions

Amy L Riegelman, Caitlin J Bakker

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Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)38-42
Number of pages5
JournalCollege and Research Libraries News
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2018

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• The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) Case Summaries. The Office of Research Integrity within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides case summaries for instances where administrative actions were imposed in response to research misconduct findings. The purpose of the case summaries are to provide information for each unique research misconduct allegation. ORI is responsible for overseeing and directing research integrity of the Public Health Service (PHS). Among other things, ORI reviews and monitors misconduct investigations when biomedical and behavioral research research was funded by PHS research training grants. The summaries on this page are time sensitive. Only current cases are represented, and expired cases have been removed. One 2017 case summary example points to an National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant awardee engaging in research misconduct, including falsifying and/or fabricating data in 11 figures in a PLOS One published article. As explained in the case summary, NIH recommended that the article be retracted. Access: https:// ori.hhs.gov/case_summary. • The Retraction Watch Retraction Database (Beta). In late 2016, Retraction Watch revealed a database of retractions, The Retraction Watch Retraction Database (Beta). With this tool, users are able to search various fields (e.g., author, journal, DOI) to discover if something has been retracted. According to a December 2016 Retraction Watch blog post, the database is still in beta, and content continues to be added. As of November 2017, it was reported to contain more than 15,000 known retractions. The parent company for Retraction Watch is The Center For Scientific Integrity, a nonprofit. Access: http:// retractiondatabase.org/.

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