When Retractions Go Unseen: An Investigation into the Representation of Retracted Publications Across Bibliographic Platforms

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Abstract

Introduction: Retractions are a mechanism by which science corrects itself, withdrawing statements or claims that have proven to be erroneous. However, this requires that such corrections be clearly and consistently displayed. In the medical literature, inconsistency and obscurity have implications for research and patient care. This research considers how retracted publications in the mental health literature are represented across different databases.

Methods: Using Retraction Watch, we identified 144 retracted articles in the mental health field. Between June and July 2016, we examined records across seven resources: PubMed, MEDLINE via Ovid, PsycINFO via Ovid, Web of Science, EBSCOhost, Scopus, and publisher websites. We determined the consistency and clarity of the retracted status of these publications in accordance with guidelines from the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

Results: Of the 811 records for retracted publications, 39.7% (n=322) did not indicate that the paper had been retracted. 26% of available PDFs (52/200) did not indicate that the paper had been retracted. Of the 144 articles studied, only 10 were represented as being retracted across all resources through which they were available.

Conclusion: Retracted publications are inconsistently represented across library resources. Journal publishers were relatively consistent with regards to how frequently retractions were indicated while the platforms showed greater variability. This has potential consequences for research and practice and raising awareness of this issue should be incorporated into the work of medical librarians.
Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - Oct 7 2018
EventMedical Library Association Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting - Cleveland, United States
Duration: Oct 5 2018Oct 9 2018

Conference

ConferenceMedical Library Association Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting
CountryUnited States
CityCleveland
Period10/5/1810/9/18

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'When Retractions Go Unseen: An Investigation into the Representation of Retracted Publications Across Bibliographic Platforms'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this

    Bakker, C. J., & Riegelman, A. L. (2018). When Retractions Go Unseen: An Investigation into the Representation of Retracted Publications Across Bibliographic Platforms. Paper presented at Medical Library Association Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting, Cleveland, United States.