11 - Coping with Retractions: What's an Editor to Do?


Retraction has always been something of a "nuclear option" for scholarly publishers. Yet lately, even though retractions still account for a tiny fraction of the total number of published scientific articles, there's been a substantial increase in the number of times that journal editors are pursuing this most severe of corrective editorial actions. What's going on here? Is this just a reflection of the growing numbers of scholarly articles generally, or is scientific misconduct actually on the rise? Are journal editors setting a lower bar for retraction or are they just getting braver or less tolerant of sloppy science? And given that retracted papers continue to be cited long after they've been pulled from the literature, are editors, publishers and abstracting and indexing services doing all they can to inform the scholarly community about retractions in a meaningful way? These aren't trivial questions, especially in a wired world where new research papers are widely and rapidly shared and concerns about scientific integrity are always on the front burner. Join us as an expert panel discusses these and other issues related to the thorny problem of retractions.

Learning Objectives:

Bill Silberg, Editor-at-Large, American Journal of Preventive Medicine

Who Should Attend:
Managing Editor/Publisher, Copy Editor/Production Editor, Editor-in-Chief, Writer/Editor

Date: 5/20/2012

Time: 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM