December 14, 2017

New Research Article: “Retraction Policies of Top Scientific Journals Ranked by Impact Factor”

The following full text article appears in the latest issue of the Journal of the Medical Library Association.

Title

Retraction Policies of Top Scientific Journals Ranked by Impact Factor

Authors

David B. Resnik, JD., PhD
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health

Elizabeth Wager, PhD
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Grace E. Kissling, PhD
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health

Source

Journal of the Medical Library Association
2015 Jul; 103(3)

Abstract

Objective
This study gathered information about the retraction policies of the top 200 scientific journals, ranked by impact factor.

Methods
Editors of the top 200 science journals for the year 2012 were contacted by email.

Results
One hundred forty-seven journals (74%) responded to a request for information. Of these, 95 (65%) had a retraction policy. Of journals with a retraction policy, 94% had a policy that allows the editors to retract articles without authors’ consent.

Conclusions
The majority of journals in this sample had a retraction policy, and almost all of them would retract an article without the authors’ permission.

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