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(China) Record retractions put focus on research misconduct – University World News (Yojana Sharma | April 2017)

 


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Forced retractions can have significant and deleterious impact on ALL members of a research team, enough of them can undermine the reputation of a research institution, >100 in one go can raise concerns about an entire jurisdiction.

The research ethics of China’s scientists has come under the spotlight after a major international publisher retracted 107 medical research papers by Chinese authors – the single largest number of retractions ever recorded – after discovering irregularities in the peer review process.
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The Springer Nature publishing company said the papers were published in the journal Tumor Biology between 2012 and 2016. “After a thorough investigation we have strong reason to believe that the peer review process was compromised,” the publisher said in a 20 April statement.
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“In order to clean up our scientific records, we will now start retracting these affected articles,” Springer said.
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