[open-bibliography] Proposal for a Retraction index

Daniel Mietchen daniel.mietchen at googlemail.com
Fri Aug 12 07:02:08 UTC 2011

Hi Peter,

there is http://pmretract.heroku.com/journals that pulls retraction
information from PubMed. I am CCing Neil who coded that and may have
some insights as to how to implement your suggestion.



On Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 9:07 PM, Peter Murray-Rust <pm286 at cam.ac.uk> wrote:
> Apparently scientific retractions are increasing at a ptremendous rate
> http://pipeline.corante.com/archives/2011/08/11/scientific_retractions_a_growth_industry.php
> (A retraction is where a  previously published paper is retracted. This may
> mean it is expunged form the scientific record by the publisher or simply
> stamped as RETRACTED). Retractions are usually because of sloppy science (ca
> 75%) or fraud (25%) - Ben O'Steen has done a nice piece of work showing the
> citation network relating to the retracted MMR vaccine paper.
> In
> http://retractionwatch.wordpress.com/
> there is a call for a retraction index. Note that the original retracted
> paper may be unaltered (especially if it's been copied to a personal
> machine) and it won't be obviously "wrong"
> If we created a BibJSON Open Retraction index I think there would be a lot
> of interest. It would also allow us to label other papers which
> (recursively) consumed retracted work.
> There's currently a few hundred or lwo thousands  retracted papers so it's a
> feasible project for a hackathon or an obsessive human.
> --
> Peter Murray-Rust
> Reader in Molecular Informatics
> Unilever Centre, Dep. Of Chemistry
> University of Cambridge
> CB2 1EW, UK
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