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Rebranding Retractions and the Honest Error Hypothesis – PLOS Blogs (Hilda Bastian | November 2017)

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We have a serious problem with errors and irredeemably flawed studies: there’s a lot of them, and they keep leading people astray. Few errors get corrected. And it’s very rare for a paper to be retracted (less than half a percent).

A rose by any other name? This discussion piece reflects on the implications and viability of creating new labels for author-initiated retractions, honest/good faith errors and minor errors. Hilda Bastian suggests the practicalities might be harder than it might appear and the benefits more uncertain.

Fixing this isn’t going to be easy. It’s always possible to make things worse, too, in predictable and surprising ways. So we should stick to first principles when thinking about whether major interventions are desirable:
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  • Is it feasible?
  • How sure are we that it will have the intended effect?
  • What could go wrong?

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One of the ideas that’s been circulating quite a bit in the last year is to de-stigmatize retractions by rebranding. It came up again at a recent National Academy of Sciences (NAS) colloquium, [PDF] reportedly advocated by the President of NAS and former editor-in-chief of the Science journals, Marcia McNutt:

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