Research misconduct, retraction, and cleansing the medical literature: lessons from the Poehlman case.

@article{Sox2006ResearchMR,
  title={Research misconduct, retraction, and cleansing the medical literature: lessons from the Poehlman case.},
  author={Harold C. Sox and Drummond Rennie},
  journal={Annals of internal medicine},
  year={2006},
  volume={144 8},
  pages={609-13}
}
The scientific literature is a record of the search for truth. Publication of faked data diverts this search. The scientific community has a duty to warn people to ignore an article containing faked data and must try to prevent inadvertent citation of it. The scientific community accomplishes these tasks by publishing a retraction and linking it to the fraudulent article's citation in electronic indexes of the medical literature, such as PubMed. This mechanism is far from perfect, as shown by a… CONTINUE READING

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