January 19, 2022

Zotero and Retraction Watch Collaborate on New Service (Beta) That Notifies Users of Article Retractions in Their Personal Zotero Libraries

Ed. Note: This is a wonderful collaboration from two wonderful services. Kudos!

From Retraction Watch:

We’re thrilled to announce a collaboration with Zotero,  the free and open-source research platform, that will allow its users to be alerted to retractions of any papers in their personal libraries.


Here’s a posting from lead Zotero developer Dan Stillman:

In the latest beta, Zotero will automatically check your database for retracted papers and notify you if it finds any matches. We’re providing this service in partnership with Retraction Watch, and we’re proud to help sustain their important work.

Retracted papers are flagged in the items list, and if you click on one you’ll see a warning at the top of the item pane with details on the retraction and links to additional information. If you try to cite a retracted paper using the word processor plugin, Zotero will warn you and confirm that you still want to cite the paper.

The Retraction Watch database now contains entries for more than 19,000 retractions, far more than are available elsewhere. Each is categorized by author, journal, subject, and, perhaps most importantly, by reason for retraction using a taxonomy we have developed over nine years of writing about retractions. Our work has been supported by the generosity of The Laura and John Arnold Foundation, The Helmsley Trust, and The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and well as by individual donors.

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See Also: Available for Beta Testing: Retracted Paper Notifications (via Zotero Forums)

See Also: Retraction Watch Database of More  Goes Live (October 25, 2018)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.