The fate of retracted articles (October 14, 2005)

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A member of the Evidence Based Health email discussion group noted an interesting discussion about a recently retracted Cochrane review:

It turns out that most journals do not have a clear written policy on publishing retractions.

This article also cited research done in 1990 that showed that 82 fully retracted articles were nevertheless cited a total of 733 additional times after the article was retracted. The number of invalid citations of retracted research was not concentrated in the lower quality journals either. A control group of research papers indicated retracted articles were indeed cited less often than unretracted articles, but only by 35%.

I will add some more details about this when I get the chance.