Retraction Watch at Four: What Retractions Tell Us
About the Failures -- and Successes -- of Scholarly Publishing
Retractions in scientific journals provide an interesting view of the scientific process. Content is retracted for a variety of reasons, from newly discovered data to outright fraud, yet journals are often slow to react, sometimes publishing retractions years after an issue is discovered. Furthermore, citation analysis indicates these retractions are often overlooked by the scientific community, indicating a need for detailed coverage.
RetractionWatch.com acts as a repository of sorts for retractions published in scientific journals. Speaker Adam Marcus will use posts from the site to illustrate what he believes are the key failings (and, when appropriate, successes) of scholarly publishing today.
For more information on what Reaction Watch covers, please see this post: http://retractionwatch.com/2010/08/03/why-write-a-blog-about-retractions/.
Adam will present and take questions for approximately one hour, and an hour-long group discussion of this issue will follow.
Who should take this workshop:
Acience, technical, and medical librarians, and anyone who is interested in understanding the internal side of scholarly publishing
By the end of this workshop, participants will:
- understand how editors at major scientific journals make decisions about publishing retractions
- be able to make a strong case for oversight of the retraction process