Project #97378 - retraction

We're all human. We all make mistakes. Science is the discovery and exploration of our universe. Sometimes we make mistakes when studying that universe. Sometimes people report things in the name of science that they can't prove. They may attempt to prove their conclusions with falsified data. They may just be misinterpreting the data.

The following websites keep track of retracted journal articles. These articles were submitted to a journal for publication, peer reviewed (meaning read by other experts in the field), approved for publication, printed in the journal, distributed, and then for some reason or another retracted; meaning there was some reason why that paper shouldn't have been published that was only discovered after it was published.

http://retractionwatch.com/
http://www.nature.com/news/faked-peer-reviews-prompt-64-retractions-1.18202
http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/38743/title/Top-10-Retractions-of-2013/

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Google a subject that interests you and include "retracted" in your google search and see what pops up, maybe you'll find a retracted article that interests you.

Here's an article on retractions:
http://iai.asm.org/content/79/10/3855.full

Here's an article about the number of retracted articles in recent years that you may find interesting:
http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0044118

1. Scroll through the website(s) and find a subject/article that interests you. Report to your peers via the discussion board. When you create a thread, give it a meaningful title related to the article/research that was retracted.
2. What was the article/paper about?
3. As scientists, we're expected to do our best to scientifically interpret the data we collect and ethically report on our interpretations of that data. Why was your chosen article retracted? Was it a lack of ethics, an honest mistake, misinterpretation of data, etc?
4. What effects (if any) are felt by society as a whole due to the retraction of the article? This may be a function of how long it took the article to be retracted.

For example, one of the most notable article retractions in recent years has been the retraction of the original article linking the administration of vaccines and the onset of autism in children. This correlation has been disproven many times over since then. However, it took a couple years for the article to be retracted and as such lots of kids weren't vaccinated, lots of kids contracted preventable diseases, and some kids (probably) died because of it. You can read more about that one here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Wakefield

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