Most researchers don’t intend to cite retracted papers, but it can have serious consequences for science.
An automated tool is targeting an issue that has plagued science for decades: retracted studies cited in newly published papers without acknowledgement that they have been pulled from the literature.
We believe this bot is an essential tool for grant assessors and interview panels. Its use could guard against corrupted citation lists to strip out retracted papers.
An extension of scite.ai, a platform that monitors whether research findings are supported or contradicted by subsequent studies, Scite Reference Check keeps track of retracted papers by trawling through Crossref, PubMed, and the Retraction Watch Database.