Top 10 Retractions of 2013

A look at this year’s most memorable retractions

Adam Marcus and Ivan Oransky
Dec 29, 2013

FLICKR, JUDY VAN DER VELDENIt’s been difficult to keep up with all of the retractions in the scientific literature this year, as it has been since we started our blog Retraction Watch in 2010. At the time of this writing, with a few weeks to go in 2013, there have been 511, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge. Here is our top 10 list for the year, in no particular order, based on the response of our readers and other “scientific” factors, such as whether we liked the story: 

 

  1. One of our favorite stories this year was about a 15-year-old retraction by David Vaux, of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. Vaux, who has fought the good fight for scientific integrity many times, had a heck of a time publishing a rebuttal to a flawed piece of research in Nature. So he decided...

Finally, although it was not a retraction, an honorable mention goes to Serbian academics who managed to get an Alan Sokal-esque paper citing Borat and porn star Ron Jeremy published in a Romanian magazine.

Happy 2014! Here’s hoping you don’t have to retract too many of your New Year’s resolutions.

Adam Marcus and Ivan Oransky are co-founders of Retraction Watch.