Surge in Journal Retractions May Mask Decline in Actual Problems

Scientific journals have been retracting unreliable articles at rapidly escalating rates in the past few years, raising concern about whether research faces a burgeoning ethical crisis.

Various causes have been suspected, with the common theme being that journals are seeing more cases of plagiarism and fudging of data as researchers and editors succumb to mounting pressure to produce highly influential papers. As the editor of The Lancet, Richard Horton, recently told The