How retractions can be a way forward.
Be it a botched experiment or a coding error, mistakes are easily made but harder to handle, particularly if they find their way into a published paper.
Although retracting a paper due to an error may not seem a desirable career milestone, it is seen as important for building trust within the research community and upholding scientific rigor.
A 2017 study found that authors who retract their papers due to a mistake earn praise from peer-reviewers and other researchers for their honesty.
Below are four lessons from researchers who have retracted flawed papers.