Retracted Covid-19 articles: significantly more cited than other articles within their journal of origin
UMass Chan AffiliationsMedicine
T.H. Chan School of Medicine
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AbstractWith the expansion of research volume, coinciding with the age of the internet, the retraction of published papers from scientific journals has become crucial to preserving scientific integrity. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, both public and professional interest in scientific literature has grown as people attempt to educate themselves on the virus. The Retraction Watch Database COVID-19 blog was accessed in June and November of 2022 and analyzed to ensure articles met inclusion criteria. Articles were then accessed on Google Scholar and the Scopus database to find number of citations and SJR/CiteScore. The average SJR and CiteScore for a journal that published one of the articles was 1.531 and 7.3 respectively. The retracted articles were cited an average of 44.8 times, which was significantly higher than the average CiteScore (p = 0.01). Between June and November, retracted COVID-19 articles gained a total of 728 new citations, presence of "withdrawn" or "retracted" before article title did not affect citation rates. COPE guidelines for retraction statements were not met for 32% of articles. We believe retracted COVID-19 publications may have been more likely to include bold claims that garnered a disproportionately high amount of attention within the scientific community. Additionally, we found many journals were not forthright with explanations for why articles had been retracted. Retractions could be a tool used to add to the scientific discourse, but currently we are only getting half the data, the what and not the why.
SourceTaros T, Zoppo C, Yee N, Hanna J, MacGinnis C. Retracted Covid-19 articles: significantly more cited than other articles within their journal of origin. Scientometrics. 2023;128(5):2935-2943. doi: 10.1007/s11192-023-04707-4. Epub 2023 Apr 12. PMID: 37101974; PMCID: PMC10089824.
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