Mistakes and misconduct in the research literature: retractions just the tip of the iceberg

Alison Poulton
Med J Aust 2007; 186 (6): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2007.tb00917.x
Published online: 19 March 2007

To the Editor: Post-publication audits of the quality of medical research studies are vitally important. I support the conjecture of Nath et al1 that the small number of retractions for mistakes and misconduct (about 20 per year for articles published between 1982 and 2002) represents the tip of the iceberg.

  • Alison Poulton

  • Nepean Clinical School, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.



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