Retraction is a way of alerting the research community of a paper’s questionable credibility. However, retracted papers proceed to have an ‘afterlife’, in the form of citations, long after they are announced to be retracted. Is it the responsibility of authors to be careful about citing retracted scientific papers? Could journal editors play an significant role in communicating retraction of scientific papers? This article attempts to explore why retracted articles proceed to be cited, and ways of improving scientific communication inbetween authors and publishers.
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