Retracted science and the retraction index

Infect Immun. 2011 Oct;79(10):3855-9. doi: 10.1128/IAI.05661-11. Epub 2011 Aug 8.


Articles may be retracted when their findings are no longer considered trustworthy due to scientific misconduct or error, they plagiarize previously published work, or they are found to violate ethical guidelines. Using a novel measure that we call the "retraction index," we found that the frequency of retraction varies among journals and shows a strong correlation with the journal impact factor. Although retractions are relatively rare, the retraction process is essential for correcting the literature and maintaining trust in the scientific process.

Publication types

  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research / standards
  • Editorial Policies*
  • Journal Impact Factor*
  • Plagiarism
  • Publishing / standards*
  • Retraction of Publication as Topic*
  • Scientific Misconduct