The Top 10 Retractions of 2015

A look at this year’s most memorable retractions

Retraction Watch
Dec 22, 2015

PIXABAY, WILKERNETThis was a year for splashy headlines about retractions, after some much-ballyhooed findings were pulled. Some prominent scientists each retracted multiple papers in 2015. And, of course, the last 12 months saw more and more cases of faked peer review. Here, in no particular order, are our picks for the top 10 retraction stories of 2015.

  1. When we at Retraction Watch reported in May that political science grad student Michael LaCour had faked some aspects of a 2014 Science paper, the news crashed our site. That’s because the study—which claimed that short, in-person conversations could change people’s minds on same-sex marriage—had grabbed the media’s attention. But when graduate students who were not involved in the study found problems with the findings, Science pulled the paper.
     
  2. Plant biologist Olivier Voinnet would probably rather forget 2015. After several of his papers were questioned on PubPeer, Voinnet—winner...

Adam Marcus, Alison McCook, and Ivan Oransky contributed reporting.