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Cite it Right! A Guide to Thesis Preparation  

A guide to dissertation preparation for the Einstein Graduate Programs in the Biomedical Sciences
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Retracted Articles

Attention, authors! Be very careful about the articles you cite. 

In her article "Despite Warnings, Biomedical Scholars Cite Hundreds of Retracted Papers" in the April 10, 2011, issue of The Chronicle of Higher Eductaion, Jennifer Howard described a study demonstrating that scholars continue to cite articles after they have been retracted due to scientific misconduct.

In his article "Misconduct accounts for the majority of retracted scientific publications" in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (available online October 1, 2012), Einstein faculty member Arturo Casadevall et. al. reviewed 2,042 articles indexed in PubMed as retracted. 

There are several ways to check if a journal article has been retracted:

  • PubMed will inidcate if an article has been retracted. Read the National Library of Medicine's policy for MEDLINE.
  • Retraction Watch by Adam Marcus and Ivan Oransky is a blog that monitors retracted scientific articles and post news about ethical writing.
  • Many publishers indicated retracted material in a journal's table of contents and with an electronic watermark on each page of a retracted article.

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